The 2014 elections will go on as planned after North Carolina’s highest court refused to delay them while the justices consider the legality of the most recent version of election districts. The state Supreme Court announced Friday its denial of a motion by election and civil rights advocacy groups and Democratic voters challenging the boundaries for General Assembly seats and North Carolina’s congressional delegation. They wanted to halt the start of the election schedule that begins Feb. 10 with candidate filing, as well as the May 6 primary, until the court ruled whether the boundaries are legal. The state’s highest court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the maps earlier this month.
The groups’ attorneys pointed out the Supreme Court delayed 2002 legislative elections as litigation after that round of redistricting worked its way through the courts. That year, the primary wasn’t held until September.
The justices gave no additional explanation beyond a one-word denial decided Thursday, according to the court’s website. No ruling was released Friday on the maps themselves.
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