High Court Orders Redistricting Plan Be Redrawn

A divided Alaska Supreme Court has ordered the state’s redistricting plan be redrawn for the 2014 elections.

The court had allowed for an interim plan to be used for this year’s elections. But in a decision released Friday, the court found the board did not follow the process it was instructed to follow. That process called for the board to design a plan focusing on state constitutional requirements then determine if that plan complies with federal law.
Justice Dana Fabe and Senior Justice Warren Matthews, who was sitting by assignment, dissented, saying they believed the board’s approach was practical and reasonable.