Court Halts NC Election Filings Over Gerrymandering

Roll Call reports:

A North Carolina state appeals court stopped the process for candidates to file for next year’s congressional and state legislative elections using new district lines, the state board of elections said Monday.

According to state law, candidate filing was to begin Monday and run through Dec. 17 in advance of the state’s March 8 primary. After Texas on March 1, North Carolina will be the second state to hold primaries using new congressional maps.

State court records indicated the court granted a temporary stay until Thursday in response to an appeal made by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, arguing the new maps constituted an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

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Last week Democratic US Rep. G.K. Butterfield [photo] announced that he would retire shortly after the state unveiled the new maps.