RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican legislators have started trying to block a federal court ruling ordering them to draw new congressional districts because the judges said the GOP went too far to protect its partisan advantage with the current boundaries.
Lawyers for legislative leaders filed a request Thursday asking a three-judge panel to delay enforcement of their ruling filed this week directing lawmakers approve a new map by Jan. 24.
The judges’ decision found illegal partisan gerrymandering in the 2016 congressional map. The GOP attorneys say the ruling should wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in similar cases before it from Wisconsin and possibly Maryland.
The motion says there’s also not enough time for the judges to review a new map before candidate filing begins Feb. 12.