ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court has ordered an amended plan from the Alaska Redistricting Board to be used in this year’s elections, rejecting proposed last-minute changes to some Southeast Alaska districts.
The Haines Borough had objected to the board’s latest revisions in Southeast Alaska, noting that they would pit Haines Rep. Bill Thomas against Juneau Rep. Cathy Munoz in this year’s elections.
“The court has accepted the Southeast districts as configured in the plan of April 5, 2012 rather than the reconfiguration submitted by the Redistricting Board to the court on May 15, 2012 because of the numerous objections to the reconfigured districts that this court has received,” the court’s ruling said.
This year’s proposed redistricting plan was rejected by the Alaska Supreme Court, with the April 5 revision subsequently rejected by a Fairbanks judge. Both opinions held that the board’s plan favors compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act over compliance with the state constitution, sending it back to the board for further work.