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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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On its face, Farakkhan v. Gregoire is about whether felons have the right to vote. But it's really about institutionalized racism: namely whether Washington's criminal justice system treats minorities unfairly.
Washington prohibits prison inmates and former inmates on probation from voting. Secretary of State Sam Reed says the ban goes back to when Washington was a territory and notes 47 other states have some form of felon voter disenfranchisement.
Shelby County's challenge to theconstitutionality of portions of the Voting Rights Act got on a faster legal track Thursday when a federal judge in Washington denied a government request for more fact-finding.