In an excellent analysis, Mark Impomeni explains the crucial case in which Judge Sotomayor opined that it was a slam-dunk case that CURRENTLY IMPRISONED FELONS — not just felons who had completed their sentences, but actual, current jailbirds — could no be denied the right to vote if their numbers are ethnically disproportionate. I continue to insist that conservatives are not focusing enough on this case, which has explosive political implications.
The truth is that felons are not denied the vote “on account of race,” they are denied the vote on account of their own actions, their own breaking of the law, their own crimes, by and through which they themselves choose to forfeit their franchise (if they get caught, of course). Judge Sotomayor’s argument to the contrary is tendentious at best. Impomeni does an excellent job providing the whole context for the dispute.