Fairbanks to Stay Involved in Redistricting Case

The legal saga involving the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s involvement in the case challenging the state’s new redistricting plan continues.  Thursday, State Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy allowed the borough to drop its claim in the multi party challenge. The borough petitioned the court to dismiss following an assembly vote to get out last month, when panel members cited concern about mounting legal costs.

The borough still believes in the case, which challenges the inclusion of some Fairbanks residents in rural voting districts. The borough will remain involved as a friend of the court, and possibly spend more money with two local voters, who are the only remaining official complainants challenging the state redistricting board plan.

The redistricting case is scheduled for trial in January.

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