The United States Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Massachusetts prison inmates who want the right to vote. The prison inmates sued in 2001 claiming that Massachusett's ban on incarcerated felons from voting violated the Voting Rights Act. The claimed that keeping them from voting is illegal and unconstitutional because the percentage of imprisoned felons who are black or Hispanic is much higher than the percentage of the state as a whole. The Federal Court of Appeals denied their claim and now the United States Supreme Court has refused to hear their appeal.
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