RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal judges have told the North Carolina legislature to redraw its own districts by mid-March to replace ones the court struck down and to hold a special election under redrawn maps in November 2017.
The ruling Tuesday means those elected to the state House and Senate a few weeks ago and who see their districts changed would serve just one year, not two.
The North Carolina is made up of 120 House Districts and 50 Senate Districts.
The same three-judge panel last summer ruled North Carolina's original redistricting plan, including 28 of its districts, were unconstitutional because race was the dominant factor in drawing certain districts.
Attorneys representing legislative map makers wanted more time to redraw and the next election in 2018.
Those lawmakers now say they'll appeal Tuesday's decision. A lawyer who successfully sued over the districts says a special election is best to protect the rights of North Carolina residents.