GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A federal judge said he will wait until Thursday afternoon to make a final ruling in the Guilford County redistricting case.
Judge William Osteen is weighing one option that would send voters back to the polls for all of the districts, but the judge said he needs to review suggestions from attorneys in the case before making a final ruling.
Last week, Judge Osteen ruled that section three of a new redistricting law is unconstitutional and he issued a temporary injunction. He said the law doesn't give equal representation in Guilford County.
On Monday, the judge said he may rule to have a general election for all districts this year. The option is causing mixed reaction from local leaders.
"I think it's also the simplest solution in that every district will have the opportunity to elect a representative of their choice and one will be elected at large so I think it's just the simplest solution," said Al Bouldin, chairman of the Guilford County GOP.
Commissioner Melvin "Skip" Alston said he doesn't agree with the recommendation but said it will allow the county to move forward.
"He's trying to clean up the mess that the legislators have basically put him in," Alston said. "Unfortunately it disenfranchises the decision that several thousands of the Guilford County citizens have made as far as who they wanted their elected official to be."
Judge William Osteen is expected to make his final ruling Thursday.