CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) - West Virginia can run its congressional races with the redistricting map recently struck down by a panel of federal judges.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts agreed to stay the judges' ruling Friday at the request of state officials.
The officials had cited the tight election timetable to urge a stay pending an appeal of the Jan. 3 decision.
West Virginia's three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot this year. Candidate filings for all 2012 races began last week. The primary is May 8.
The Jan. 3 ruling concluded that officials failed to justify why they drew the 2nd Congressional District to include several thousand more people than the other two.
The plaintiffs who won that 2-1 decision oppose a stay.
So, basically what this means is the only people who will be in a new district are the fine people of Mason County. The only change that was made during the redistricting session was to move Mason from the 2nd district to the 3rd district.
The filing period for candidates ends next Saturday. At least now the candidates will finally know which district in which they'll run.