North Carolina judges are upholding changes to state legislative maps. Republicans were ordered to amend them after the court found them to overly favor the GOP. Now the judges have rejected an appeal from groups that weren't satisfied with those changes.
A three-judge panel declined Monday to agree to the demands of Common Cause, the state Democratic Party, and Democratic voters for a third-party expert to take over redrawing about 20 state House districts.
The decision means that barring an appeal, the nearly 80 legislative districts lawmakers redrew last month will be used in the 2020 elections.
The Democrats and Common Cause successfully sued Republicans in a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit, prompting the remapping. But the judges disagreed with the plaintiffs' complaints that their instructions for redrawing the maps were not followed.
The decision on legislative redistricting is not to be confused with another ruling on Monday, in which three Superior Court judges blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections.