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Democrats, allies ask North Carolina judges to change maps

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Democratic voters and their allies aren't giving up on getting more General Assembly districts changed for this year's elections, even after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Plaintiffs in a longstanding legislative redistricting case in state court Wednesday asked three judges to rule the Republican-controlled legislature violated the state constitution by redrawing five House districts last summer.

A panel of federal judges previously decided those redrawn districts in and around Charlotte and Raleigh were unconstitutional and ordered they revert to lines approved in 2011. But the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stepped in and temporarily blocked that change while Republican lawmakers appeal.

In Wednesday's filing, lawyers wrote the state judicial panel has authority to intervene and create the 2011 lines. They want a ruling before candidate filing begins Monday.

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