The issues the ruling raises about racial bias in the justice system are not unique to Washington state, said Marc Mauer, executive director of The, a Washington, D.C., group promoting sentencing reform.
"They are issues that permeate the justice system and are relevant in every state," he said.
Mauer said that an estimated 5.3 million people nationwide are ineligible to vote because of a.
Tuesday's court's ruling is "an embarrassment," said Trent England, a policy director at, a conservative think tank in Washington state.
"It flies in the face of precedent," he said. "Not only is felon disenfranchisement constitutional but it's good policy. People who commit the most heinous crimes should be deprived of their voice in our system of government at least for a time."