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Supreme Court will not expedite NC partisan gerrymandering case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not expedite North Carolina’s partisan gerrymandering case, which means voters will likely participate in the upcoming election under the map that a federal court ruled unconstitutional.

The high court already granted lawmakers’ request to block the lower court’s order forcing them to redraw the congressional map before this year’s election. Common Cause, one of the plaintiffs in the two combined lawsuits over the map, subsequently asked justices to fast track the case.

They denied the request Tuesday. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have granted the request.

The Supreme Court has yet to rule on a separate request from lawmakers to block a special master’s plan for legislative districts from going into effect for this year’s elections. The candidate filing period opens Monday.

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