Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau
A draft map is expected by Thursday. Redistricting Board members meeting in Anchorage are working on preliminary plans that would redraw legislative boundaries around the state.
Board members Wednesday are looking at various regional concepts. They include potential plans for Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Interior, Rural Alaska, and two alternate concepts each for Mat-Su and Southeast.
Redistricting Board Executive Director Ron Miller says the board directed staff to incorporate all of the regional plans into a statewide plan.
Miller says they will also be releasing all of the suggested plans they have received from other groups. The board will not endorse any of those plans, but Alaskans can still comment on them.
The Redistricting Board has had only a month to come up with a draft plan since the U.S. Census Bureau released figures for Alaska.
The Board will then have another 60 days to come up with a final plan.
Public hearings on the draft are scheduled for Anchorage and Fairbanks on Monday and Tuesday.
Juneau residents get their chance to comment next Wednesday April 20 in the state capital building.
Then starting April 21, board members will split up into teams of two to hold hearings in rural communities around the state until May 6.
Draft Redistricting Plans:
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