It would effectively stop the two week clock the federal judges gave the legislature to redraw all of North Carolina's congressional districts.
The filing period for candidates in the 2018 elections in North Carolina is set to open February 12.
In the 2016 election, slightly less than half of the state's voters cast ballots for Democrats in elections for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rest assured, the three-judge panel's ruling isn't going to be the last word. That case points to the "efficiency gap", a theory that gerrymanders force the disadvantaged party to "waste" votes.
The U.S. Supreme Court should step in to halt a lower court's partisan gerrymandering ruling in North Carolina because of an "eleventh-hour disruption", according to an emergency document filed Friday.
Bob Phillips of Common Cause disagrees with Woodhouse. The groups argued free speech rights were violated because the plan discriminated against voters based on previous political expression.
"I would suspect that if the legislators in North Carolina had been more circumspect about things they said in public and knew they were being recorded, it would have been a lot more hard to prove this case", said Johnson.
The main question in the case, which was tried last month, was legal: Is that kind of mapmaking permissible? They will likely reach out to the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere by blocking the enforcement of the ruling until they come to a decision on a similar case out of Wisconsin involving partisan gerrymandering.
"Why do we have a supermajority of Republicans in our state legislature and why do we have 10 members of Congress who are Republican and three who are Democratic?" said Cooper, a Democrat, on CNN's "New Day".
Can the May primary be delayed?
Judge Jim Wynn of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, "We find that the General Assembly drew and enacted the 2016 plan with intent to subordinate the interests of non-Republican voters and entrench Republican control of North Carolina's congressional delegation".
There's precedent for court-mandated redistricting during an election year in North Carolina.
But when it comes to the U.S. House, Republicans have dominated, winning 13 of the state's 18 seats in each of the last three elections.
Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the state Republican Party, added more evidence of excessive partisanship with his incendiary response to the decision, declaring that Wynn was "waging a personal, partisan war on North Carolina Republican voters".
In 2011 Wisconsin Republicans completely controlled the redistricting process for the first time in four decades.
At least one time, elections were held for maps ultimately deemed unconstitutional.
Gerry Cohen, a former legislative staffer who worked on redistricting plans from 1981 to 2011, echoed on Friday what he said a year ago after North Carolina's congressional maps were declared to have two unconstitutional gerrymanders. The primaries and candidate filing period was pushed back but the election, more or less, ran without any redistricting chaos.