Legislative leaders seek appeal on maps at US Supreme Court
Posted September 16
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislative leaders and other state officials want the U.S. Supreme Court to review last month's lower-court ruling striking down nearly 30 General Assembly districts as illegal racial gerrymanders.
Attorneys for Republican lawmakers and the state filed a formal notice this week to appeal to the justices a three-judge panel's decision that requires the legislature to redraw new district boundaries.
Voters who sued over the current maps want new lines drawn in January and special elections under those maps in 2017.
Issues in the legislative redistricting matter are similar to those in other litigation about North Carolina's previous congressional boundaries that the Supreme Court already has agreed to consider. In that case, a three-judge panel threw out those lines last February. A new map is now in place.