After years of expressing little interest in the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put the Obama administration on the spot, asking it to weigh in on whether laws that bar felons from voting violate the federal Voting Rights Act. The request came in the case of Simmons v. Galvin, in which the 1st Circuit upheld an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution barring felons from voting while in prison. Only Maine and Vermont allow felons to vote without restriction during and after their imprisonment.
High Court Asks Obama Administration for Views on Felon Voting Bans
The National Law Journal
May 4, 2010