Alaska Supreme Court orders use of interim map for elections
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Supreme Court says it has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state’s political boundaries had engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering and ordered a new map be used for this year’s elections.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews previously ruled a majority of members on the Alaska Redistricting Board appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River area into two Senate districts for political reasons. He ordered a new map be used this year.
The map he ordered the board to adopt was the other option it had considered when weighing revisions in response to a prior court order.
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