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ICYMI: Supreme Court wants response next week in racial gerrymandering case

North Carolinians who want to know what legislative districts will be in place this fall will have to wait a little while.

GOP lawmakers officially requested a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court and filed an appeal Tuesday of a lower court’s order for them to use a special master’s redrawing of certain legislative districts.

Chief Justice John Roberts asked for a response from all parties to North Carolina v. Covington by noon Feb. 2, according to an email from the court. For those keeping track, that’s a longer response time than he asked for in the other recent request for stay in a partisan gerrymandering case, which was granted.

Election Law expert Rick Hasen wrote on his blog about the lengthy wait time.

“This seems like a long time to me IF the Court is going to grant the stay,” he wrote. “On this one, I’m skeptical SCOTUS grants it. Then again, maybe the delay is ok because the Court is going to keep the districts the same.”

Candidate filing for the 2018 elections begins Feb. 12 and runs through the end of the month.

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