North Carolina Republicans have cleared a significant hurdle in their drawing of new districts for the state's seats in Congress and the General Assembly, despite problems with the text of the laws defining the boundaries.
The U.S. Department of Justice told state attorneys Tuesday night it won't oppose the state's maps approved in July.
The Voting Rights Act requires the state to receive "preclearance" of the districts to evaluate whether the maps were designed to discriminate against black voters.
Democrats and other groups are still expected to sue based on other alleged Voting Rights Act violations.
The decision came on the same day the Senate Republican leader said lawmakers would likely return to Raleigh next week to fix problems with redistricting laws caused by a computer code error.