By BECKY BOHRER, Related Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court docket decide has mentioned a majority of members on the board tasked with redrawing Alaska’s political boundaries appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River space into two Senate districts for “political causes,” and he ordered a brand new map be used this yr.
Superior Court docket Decide Thomas Matthews in a choice launched late Monday ordered the board to undertake on an interim foundation a map that pairs the Eagle River space Home districts right into a Senate district. The choice is available in a second spherical of redistricting challenges. The candidate submitting deadline for the August main is June 1.
Matthews mentioned he anticipated a fast evaluation of his resolution by the Alaska Supreme Court docket.
The Supreme Court docket in March discovered constitutional points with components of a map drawn by the Alaska Redistricting Board final fall. In one of many situations, the court docket dominated a state Senate district pairing a part of east Anchorage and the Eagle River space constituted an “unconstitutional political gerrymander.”
The plan adopted by the board 3-2 in response to the court docket spurred the most recent challenges, which deal with the board’s resolution to hyperlink a part of the Eagle River space with south Anchorage and Girdwood for a Senate district and one other a part of the Eagle River space to an space that features a army base for one more Senate district.
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