The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court’s order requiring North Carolina lawmakers to redraw its congressional voting maps, making it likely that the 2018 midterm elections will be conducted using districts favorable to Republican candidates, according to The New York Times.
The trial court had found that Republican lawmakers had violated the Constitution “by drawing congressional voting districts to hurt the electoral chances of Democratic candidates.”
State legislators would have been required to redraw its congressional district maps by the end of the month.
The lower court’s order will be stayed only until a filing and disposition of an appeal before the Supreme Court.
The Times notes:
The Supreme Court’s move was expected and not particularly telling. The court, which is considering two major tests of partisan gerrymandering, has granted stays in similar settings. The court’s decisions in the two pending cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, are likely to effectively decide the North Carolina case, too.