UPDATED: A group challenging the GOP-draw redistricting maps is asking a judge to delay the May primary to July 10, according to court filings.
The new election schedule -- which also asks a delay of candidate filing from February to April 27 -- is part of a motion for an injunction filed by Democrats and the NAACP against the Republican state legislature. The delay is necessary, the plaintiffs argue, because they are likely to be successful in their challenge of the district boundaries.
If it takes the court even longer to rule, the plaintiffs suggest the judge can set the primary for Aug. 28, which is the week before the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte.
The court filings include more than 400 pages of documents and affidavits from experts who dissected the GOP maps as part of the legal challenge. Below, find a breakdown of the proposed election calendar. The groups return to court Thursday. The groups return to court Thursday. Read more from the filings here.
--Apr. 27-May 7 Candidate filing (currently Feb. 13-Feb. 29)
--May 7 Absentee ballots ready (currently Mar. 19)
--July 10 Primary (currently May 8)
--Aug. 28 Second primary, if necessary (currently June 26)
--Sept. 7 Absentee ballots ready for election (same)
--Nov. 6 General Election (same)