A federal court ruled Tuesday that North Carolina must hold a special election in 2017 for the N.C. General Assembly after 28 districts are redrawn.
A U.S. District Court ruled earlier this year that the districts were gerrymandered unconstitutionally on the basis of race. The original ruling allowed the current districts to stand in the 2016 election but demanded the state redraw them in 2017.
The court order gave lawmakers a March 15 deadline to redraw the districts.
Lawmakers requested the federal court give them more time to redraw the districts and that they take effect in the 2018 election, but the court disagreed.