North Carolina’s legislative redistricting and special elections in November are temporarily on hold — after the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay Tuesday.
The Court’s order comes after a lower court ruling in December, requiring special elections in the state due to violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
“(The stay) shall remain in effect pending this Court’s action on the appeal,” the Supreme Court’s order said.
The original ruling, issued by a three-judge panel in August, deemed the state’s legislative districts “racial gerrymanders” but permitted them to stand for the 2016 elections given time constraints.
A federal court then ruled in December that the N.C. General Assembly must redraw the gerrymandered districts by March 15 and hold special elections in 2017.