RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters who successfully sued to throw out 28 North Carolina legislative districts urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to preserve a lower court demand that boundaries be redrawn very soon so there can be special elections this fall.
State GOP legislative leaders asked the Supreme Court last month for a delay seeking to block the order of a three-judge panel that the remapping be completed by March 15. On Monday, the voters' attorneys filed a response with Chief Justice John Roberts.
Without special elections, the next round of General Assembly elections would be held in late 2018. Control of the state legislature is at stake: The GOP currently holds majorities large enough to override any vetoes by Democrat Roy Cooper, who took office as governor this month. Special elections could cut the two-year terms of several dozen legislators in half, forcing them to run again just months from now.