US SC blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

ANI | Updated: Jan 19, 2018 06:32 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 19 (ANI): United States Supreme Court has blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to redraw its congressional district maps.

The court issued a stay order in the case, which would have required the state to redraw its congressional district maps by the end of the month, reported the Hill.

North Carolina's congressional maps were challenged in two lawsuits by more than two dozen Democratic voters, the North Carolina Democratic Party and other groups.

Earlier this month, a three judge panel held North Carolina's 2016 plan -- that was passed by a Republican-led legislature was enacted "with the intent of discriminating against voters who favored non-Republican candidates."

The order comes as the Supreme Court is also considering two other partisan gerrymander cases out of Maryland and Wisconsin.(ANI)