"In sum, the three-judge panel has used an entirely novel legal theory to hopelessly disrupt North Carolina's upcoming congressional elections", the document states. It's been alternating Republican and Democratic governors, is represented in the U.S. Senate by a member of each party and voted for each of the last two presidents - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Donald Trump.
Clement also said it doesn't make sense for North Carolina to redraw its 2016 maps before the Supreme Court resolves similar partisan gerrymandering cases from Maryland and Wisconsin, whose outcomes could affect the final result in North Carolina's case.
The federal judges announced that they would employ "a special master", a mapmaker unaffiliated with either party, to draw maps they could consider alongside any put forward by the lawmakers.
#BREAKING: A federal court unanimously ruled that North Carolina's congressional districts are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
A three-judge panel ruled late Tuesday that North Carolina's congressional district map was illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave Republicans a solid advantage for most of the seats.
Districts done in haste - should this ruling stand - will not be ideal, but if they can pass muster from these three judges, citizens can have more confidence in them than they do in the current ones.
The filing period for candidates in the 2018 elections in North Carolina is set to open February 12.
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Bob Phillips of Common Cause disagrees with Woodhouse.
"If the 2018 election must proceed under a map other than the one that governed the 2016 congressional elections, then the Board of Elections needs lead to time assign voters to their new districts, potential candidates need lead time to evaluate the new map and make filing decisions, and voters need lead time to understand where they will be voting and for whom", the motion states.
As long as there are five justices on the Supreme Court who believe partisan gerrymandering can be unconstitutional, she said there's no way North Carolina's plans could be considered constitutional.
But Republicans plan to fight the ruling, to the Raleigh News & Observer. Currently, there are only three Democrats out of the state's 13 U.S. House seats. The federal judges want the districts to be redrawn immediately by the GOP.
At least one time, elections were held for maps ultimately deemed unconstitutional.
And Republicans, woozy with having power over redistricting after 100 years or so, simply couldn't control themselves and drew legislative and congressional districts to ensure their power, their majority - which they won under old maps, fair and square - would be maintained, no matter how skewed the district designs were.