Now that a North Carolina court has ruled that electoral redistricting maps are constitutional, candidate filing for the 2022 primary election will reboot Feb. 24, according to the Lee County Board of Elections.

A three-judge panel ruled last week that the that the maps were not partisan and did not dilute minority and left-leaning voters in electoral districts.

The maps were drawn up by the GOP-majority General Assembly, prompting a suit against the North Carolina’s Republican leadership and those who helped draw the new maps, according to the Carolina Public Press. The suit was filed by the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, the National Redistricting Foundation and the N.C. chapter of Common Cause.

The challenge halted candidate filings which began in December.

With the new schedule, candidates have until March 2 to withdraw from a race, a Board of Elections release said.

The candidate filing deadline is 5 p.m. on March 4.

On March 28, mail-out absentee voting begins. The voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. April 22, the release said.

One-stop absentee voting begins April 28. Registered voters have until 5 p.m. May 10 to apply for an absentee ballot.

One-stop absentee voting ends May 14 with the elections to be held May 17.

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