Lawmakers seek stay on new map order
North Carolina legislative leaders are asking the courts to stay a three-judge federal panel's order requiring new congressional maps to be enacted by Jan. 24 and appointing a special master to draw an independent version.Posted — Updated
Strach also argues that the timeline for new maps required by the court in its Tuesday order is too tight to allow sufficient review and would overlap with candidate filing for the 2018 election, which begins Feb. 12. This, Strach warned, could cause "mass confusion" among candidates and voters.
The motion requested a ruling Thursday so that the defendants could request a stay from the Supreme Court, if needed. But when the three-judge panel gave the plaintiffs in the case until next Tuesday to respond, the lawmakers file a request for a stay directly with the Supreme Court on Friday.
That request goes to Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees the 4th U.S. Circuit, which includes North Carolina.
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