“The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a legal challenge by the Republican National Committee to dissolve a 1982 decree designed to stop the improper suppression of voting by particular groups.
Without comment, the court decided not to review a March 2012 ruling by a federal appeals court in Philadelphia that extended the decree to November 2017, with modifications previously made by a federal district judge.
The decree arose from a lawsuit during New Jersey’s 1981 gubernatorial election, when the Democratic National Committee accused the RNC of trying to intimidate minority voters through so-called “ballot security” measures.
These measures included the creation of voter challenge lists, and the posting of off-duty sheriffs and police officers, some of whom were armed, at polls in minority precincts, according to the DNC.
Under the decree, which later became national in scope, the RNC needs court approval to implement various poll-monitoring activities in minority precincts.