Candidate filing delayed as NC Court of Appeals enjoins redistricting maps

Polling workers assist voters on a brisk fall morning at the Efland Ruritan Club polling site in Efland, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH — An order from the North Carolina Court of Appeals has delayed candidate filing for the U.S. House of Representatives, N.C. Senate, and N.C. House of Representatives. In an order posted minutes before the 12 p.m. opening of candidate filing, the order from NC COA clerk Gene Soar was posted at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, where filing has moved to allow for social distancing.

A half-page order says in part that, “The motion for temporary stay filed by Plaintiffs is allowed in part to enjoin Defendants from opening of the candidate-filing period for the 2022 primary elections for Congress, the North Carolina Senate, and the North Carolina House of Representatives pending this Court’s ruling on Plaintiffs’ ‘Petition for Writ of Supersedeas or Prohibition.'”

According to the order, the defendants in the case – legislators in their official capacity – have until 12 p.m. on December 9th to respond to the ruling.

In a memo from House Speaker Tim Moore’s office obtained by North State Journal, the general counsel in his office said their legal team is preparing a response to the order.

“We are preparing our response and will fight vigorously to ensure that candidate filing resumes at the earliest possible date,” part of the memo says.

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