Yep, the Supreme Court today refused to grant certiorari to the Republican National Committee's effort to force the Court to revisit a prior decision handed down in 1982. The GOP Committee had hoped the Court would lift a previous court order that limited their ability to challenge voter eligibility directly at polling places. The bottom line of that Consent Decree was that the GOP agreed not to challenge voters at the polls on alleged fraud issues without first obtaining a Court Order authorizing such action. The Court at the time was deeply concerned that any political party (and this case the GOP) could use ballot security efforts that might result to a suppressing the rights of voters at the polls due to racial and/or ethnic reasons. The Court ruled in 1982 that the RNC had a history of engaging in discriminatory actions while claiming "normal poll watching."
The case before the Supreme Court stemmed from an appeal of a lower Court ruling declaring the RNC was still subject to the 1982 Consent Decree, even in their efforts to "combating voter fraud by preventing potential voters from registering to vote or casting a ballot." The RNC sought relief from the decree and the Court today, but no such relief can be given. The case goes by the name of Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee, Case No. No. 09-4615. A spokesman for the GOP tried to put a positive spin on the Court's refusal to hear their appeal, but could not find adequate words to address their frustration.
Could it be that the Republicans thought they would finally get a friendly ear from at least four Supreme Court Justices (See Rule of Four on Writs of Certiorari)? I wonder what they were thinking considering SCOTUS has already ruled that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 remains valid in Southern States that had a history of voter discrimination? Did the RNC really think they could spin their efforts on voter suppression by obtaining some sort of "seal of approval" from the Supreme Court? Watch how little this decision is played on Fox News. Bottom line - when it comes to voter rights in America, the RNC continues to wear the "Badge of Dishonor."