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Voter ID Case Fizzles

What should the Supreme Court do when a state has asked it to take up a case but after an election the new governor moves to dismiss the certiorari petition?  Dismissal is generally a given when the party who asked the court to take the case no longer wants it taken, but in the North Carolina voter ID case, North Carolina v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the legislature moved to intervene, muddying the waters.  The simplest thing to do is what the high court does in 99% of the cases it is asked to take, deny the certiorari petition without comment.

In this case, though, Chief Justice Roberts did add some comments, individually and not for the court.
Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that "[t]he denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case." United States v. Carver, 260 U. S. 482, 490 (1923).
Voter ID must wait for another vehicle to the high court.

The Supreme Court decided three civil cases today on (1) division of military pensions in divorce (it's complicated), (2) whether filing time-barred claims in bankruptcy violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (no), and (3) powers of attorney, arbitration clauses, and preemption of state law by the Federal Arbitration Act (arbitration wins, again).

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