The U.S. Supreme Court issued a split order Tuesday  evening: Some of a court-appointed special master’s legislative districts can be used in this year’s elections and some can’t, at least temporarily.
Voters, elected officials and experts took to social media right away to express their reactions. Here are a few of the highlights:
— David R Lewis (@RepDavidRLewis) February 7, 2018 
— NC Democratic Party (@NCDemParty) February 7, 2018 
Once again a bi-partisan #SCOTUS  found the lower court panel went beyond their authority. We look forward to making our case on the merits. @NCGOP  Good news is much of North Carolina’s sovereignty has been restored by allowing most districts drawn by #ncga  to stand @NCHouseGOP 
— Dallas Woodhouse (@DallasWoodhouse) February 7, 2018 
BREAKING: BREAKING: The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked any changes to our state legislative seats here in Mecklenburg County. Same for Wake.
— Rep. Chaz Beasley (@ChazBeasley) February 7, 2018 
SCOTUS rn: yeah, you can fix those racial gerrymanders.*
*except, of course, in NC’s most populated county.
*and that other one where you have the most registered voters.
— Jen Jones (@thatjenjones) February 7, 2018 
— Rep. Graig Meyer (@GraigMeyer) February 7, 2018 
So, in short, a split decision – a win for plaintiffs on the fixes made remedy racial gerrymandering, a stay pending appeal on mid-decade redistricting challenge in Wake & Mecklenburg counties. #ncpol  #fairmaps  8/
— Michael Li (@mcpli) February 7, 2018 
U.S. Supreme Court Orders into Effect Fixes for Racially Gerrymandered Districts for 2018 Election https://t.co/9t9OzxthLb 
— Southern Coalition (@scsj) February 7, 2018 
Not a good day for #FairMaps . NC Special Master legislative maps split up as #SCOTUS  decides that the districts re-drawn mid-decade that were not part of the original gerrymandering claim are out of their jurisdiction. Just days left before Candidate Filing period opens Monday. https://t.co/gu3Tmoml4v 
— Stronger NC (@StrongerNc) February 7, 2018 
Just now reading opinion of #scotus . Appears they ruled the #NCGA ‘s lawfully drawn maps for Mecklenburg, and most of NC, will stand in 2018 election. I look forward to filing for relection next week in the new District 105https://t.co/BlMkuEQmKs  pic.twitter.com/rhwt4sRLcY 
— Rep. Scott Stone (@scottdstone) February 7, 2018 
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) February 6, 2018 
once again the voters of NC will be stuck w/ maps that several courts, including the NC Supreme Court, have ruled are illegal, unconstitutional, racially discriminatory, partisan,& just damn it FUBAR- for our mid term election…. #NoDemocracyNC  #unfairMaps  #corruptNCGOP  #ncga  https://t.co/Fj0mDz3T6D 
— Anita ??? (@ASauer8) February 6, 2018 
I think we have officially entered “Frankenmap” territory… The Special Master’s maps stand EXCEPT for NC House districts in Wake and Meck Counties; there, the NCGA’s 2017 redraw stands (for now). #ncpol  #ncga  #fairmaps  #frankenmap  https://t.co/JOtiYQElFv 
— Elizabeth J. Sbrocco, PhD (@EJSbrocco) February 7, 2018