Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, hours before the original deadlines for legislative hopefuls to file candidacy papers.
Republicans hit hard in a contentious redistricting battle filed a lawsuit last week challenging the constitutionality of newly drawn legislative boundaries that they claim favor Democrats. The lone Democrat who was redistricted out of her elected position joined the lawsuit.
The lawsuit contends that the new legislative districts could have been better balanced by population and that they could have been drawn in a way would have required fewer splits in counties and precincts.
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