- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A ruling by a federal appeals court has kept alive the challenge to Wake County school board election maps drawn in 2013 by the Republican-led state legislature.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/1GEpNo1) the ruling from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday returns the case back to the trial court for further consideration. The 2-1 vote also reverses a judge’s earlier decision to dismiss the challenge.

Thirteen county residents and two local groups filed a lawsuit in 2013, saying the new lines violate “one-man, one-vote” requirements of the state and federal constitutions.

Under the new law, the board remains at nine members but moves elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered in 2016. Voters now elect their district’s representative, but two seats would become regional posts.

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