- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers who drew General Assembly districts struck down by federal judges have asked that court to delay enforcing its own ruling that new boundaries be drawn by mid-March and a special election for dozens of seats occur next fall.

Lawyers for Republican legislators and others sent a motion to a three-judge panel seeking quick action and suggested they could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if denied.

The judges last summer decided 28 House and Senate districts were illegal racial gerrymanders and this past week ruled a special election for seats in redrawn districts was appropriate relief for voters.

Friday’s motion says the judges’ order would harm candidates who believed this fall they were getting elected to two-year terms and that special election turnout would be “abysmal.”

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