From Asheville Citizen Times
RALEIGH – It’s already too late to hold a special election this fall in redrawn North Carolina General Assembly districts and it could be an “enormously misguided” remedy if judges ordered one, Republican legislative leaders told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
After the nation’s highest court last week upheld a lower court ruling that threw out 28 House and Senate districts as unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered, voters who sued asked the justices to return the case to a lower court more quickly than normal.
The voters and their Democratic allies still believe there’s time for a three-judge panel to force GOP legislators to redraw the maps immediately and hold 2017 elections. Republican lawmakers prefer holding the first elections with new maps during the next regularly scheduled state election in November 2018.