A federal appeals court has upheld Washington's ban on voting by prison inmates.
The ruling came Thursday in a case that challenged the ban under the Voting Rights Act, claiming that it disproportionately disenfranchised minority voters.
In January, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state inmates should have the right to vote. But an 11-judge panel reconsidered the case at a hearing in San Francisco last month and came to a different conclusion.
The judges said that to challenge the ban, inmates would have to demonstrate intentional discrimination, not just a disparity in the racial makeup of the prison population.