For the second time, Alaska’s voting district map is headed to the state Supreme Court. A week ago, a Superior Court judge rejected the state Redistricting Board’s amended version of the map, but earlier this week, the Board decided to appeal the lower court decision.
Supreme Court oral arguments have been set for the week of May 21 – only two weeks before the June first candidate filing deadline.
Although the Board will ask the court to approve its amended plan, Board attorneys have drafted a petition asking the high court to authorize use of an earlier redistricting plan for this year’s elections.
The justices allowed for that option in March, when they sent the first plan back to the board for additional work.