News & Updates

Alaska Redistricting Board Adopts 2013 Proclamation Plan

July 14, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On July 14, 2013, the Alaska Redistricting Board adopted its 2013 Proclamation Plan. Available here

Alaska Redistricting Board Adopts A Conceptual Plan (Not Final)

July 7, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board's conceptual plan is available below:

Board Concept July 7

Board Concept July 7 Map

Board Concept July 7 Numbers

Board Concept July 7 GIS Files

Board Concept July 7 Senate Terms

Board Concept July 7 Senate Population Comparision

Alaska Redistricting Board Adopts 11 Draft Plans for public comment

June 24, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board's seven Draft Plans and four Third Party Plans are available below:

Board Draft Plan A

Draft Plan A Map

Draft Plan A Numbers

Draft Plan A GIS Files

Board Draft Plan B

Draft Plan B Map

Draft Plan B Numbers

Draft Plan B GIS Files

Board Draft Plan C

Draft Plan C Map

Draft Plan C Numbers

Draft Plan C GIS Files

Board Draft Plan D

Draft Plan D Map

Draft Plan D Numbers

Draft Plan D GIS Files

Board Draft Plan E

Draft Plan E Map

Draft Plan E Numbers

Draft Plan E GIS Files

Board Draft Plan F

Draft Plan F Map

Draft Plan F Numbers

Draft Plan F GIS Files

Board Draft Plan G

Draft Plan G Map

Draft Plan G Numbers

Draft Plan G GIS Files

Third Party Plan - AFFER

Third Party Plan - AFFER Map

Third Party Plan - AFFER Numbers

Third Party Plan - AFFER GIS Files

Third Party Plan - AFFER Revised

Third Party Plan - AFFER Revised Map

Third Party Plan - AFFER Revised Numbers

Third Party Plan - AFFER Revised GIS Files

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Map

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Numbers

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 GIS Files

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Revised

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Revised Map

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Revised Numbers

Third Party Plan - AFFER Option 2 Revised GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista

Third Party Plan - Calista Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Revised

Third Party Plan - Calista Revised Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Revised Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Revised GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Revised

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Revised Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Revised Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 2 Revised GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 3

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 3 Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 3 Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 3 GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Revised

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Revised Map

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Revised Numbers

Third Party Plan - Calista Option 4 Revised GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Gazewood & Weiner

Third Party Plan - Gazewood & Weiner Map

Third Party Plan - Gazewood & Weiner Numbers

Third Party Plan - Gazewood & Weiner GIS Files

Third Party Plan - Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Third Party Plan - Ketchikan Gateway Borough Map& Numbers

Third Party Plan - Ketchikan Gateway Borough GIS Files

Third Party Plan - MatSu

Third Party Plan - MatSu Map

Third Party Plan - MatSu Numbers

Third Party Plan - MatSu GIS Files

Third Party Plan - McKinnon

Third Party Plan - McKinnon Map

Third Party Plan - McKinnon Numbers

Third Party Plan - McKinnon GIS Files

Third Party Plan - South Lakes Community Council

Third Party Plan - South Lakes Community Council Map

If you have questions call the Alaska Redistricting Office at (907) 269-7402.


Alaska Redistricting Board Mapping Work Sessions

June 13, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will hold Mapping Work Sessions at the Anchorage office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302 from 8:00AM until 5:00PM on the following days:

  • June 12, 2013
  • June 13, 2013
  • June 14, 2013
  • June 15, 2013
  • June 16, 2013
  • June 17, 2013
  • June 18, 2013
  • June 19, 2013
  • June 20, 2013

This schedule may be subject to change. Notice of change will be provided.
If you have questions call the Alaska Redistricting Office at (907) 269-7402.


Alaska Redistricting Board Invites Public Input, Adopts Work Schedule

June 7, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff


The Alaska Redistricting Board today voted unanimously to solicit public input and approve a schedule to work toward the adoption of a new Hickel Plan.

WORK SCHEDULE
During the time period of June 13 to June 20, Board members and staff will hold daily work sessions at the Alaska Redistricting Office (411 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501). The purpose of the work sessions will be to create draft Hickel Plans for the Board to consider, in accordance with the recent Superior Court directive.
To assist the Board in its work, the public is invited to submit comments via:

  • Email (info@akredistricting.org)
  • Mail (411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501)
  • Fax (907-269-6691)

SUBMISSION OF PLANS
Any individual, group, or organization wishing to submit a proposed Hickel Plan for the Board to consider must do so no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Hickel Plans are to be drawn based solely on the requirements of the Alaska Constitution and without any consideration to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
Submissions can be dropped off in person to the Alaska Redistricting Office or emailed to info@akredistricting.org.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PLAN PRESENTATIONS
The Board intends to hold public hearings in the following locations to solicit general comments and receive presentations on any third-party plans submitted prior to the Friday, June 21 deadline:

  • Anchorage (June 28, 2013)
  • Fairbanks (July 1, 2013)
  • Juneau (July 2, 2013)

Any individual, groupor organization wishing to present their submitted Hickel Plans at these hearings is required to provide reasonable advance notice to Board staff by:

  • Telephone (907-269-7402)
  • Fax (907-269-6691)
  • Email (info@akredistricting.org)

BOARD MEETINGS
The Board intends to hold a meeting at its Anchorage office on June 21, 2013 in order to review the draft Hickel Plans created during the work sessions and also finalize the list of submitted third-party plans it will be considering.
Additionally, the Board intends to hold a meeting at its Anchorage office on July 8, 2013 to adopt a final Hickel Plan.
The Board's schedule thereafter is dependent upon the status of Section 5 of the VRA, which will determine if the Board's adopted Hickel Plan becomes the new final plan or whether further changes must be made to balance Alaska constitutional requirements with the requirements of the VRA, in accordance with the Hickel Process.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
The Board's adopted timeline shall remain flexible to account for unforeseen conflicts including, but not limited to, the travel schedule of Board members and availability of public hearing locations. The Board will provide timely updates of any scheduling changes.
The Board's web calendar (available at www.akredistricting.org) will be updated no later than June 13 to reflect the schedule of work sessions, Board meetings, public hearings, and submission deadlines outlined above.
The full public hearing and Board meeting schedule including start times, end times, and venues will be properly noticed as soon as those details have been determined.


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CONTACT:
Alaska Redistricting Board
Phone: (907) 269-7402

Email: info@akredistricting.org

June 7 Meeting Reminder

June 6, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will meet via teleconference at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013. The purpose of the meeting is to receive a report on legal issues and discuss a schedule for future Board work sessions and meetings.

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at www.aklegislature.tv.

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.

March 13-14 Meeting Reminder

March 8, 2013

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will meet at 1:00 P.M. on March 13th and at 9:00 A.M. on March 14th.  The purpose of these meetings is to discuss administrative and staffing issues.

     

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at  www.aklegislature.tv.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org. 

U.S. Department of Justice Approves Alaska Redistricting Plan

 

June 27, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board announced today that its Amended Proclamation Plan has received "preclearance" from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A copy of the preclearance letter is available for download here

Alaska Redistricting Board Chairman John Torgerson issued the following statement this afternoon:  

"Now that the Amended Proclamation Plan has been approved by both the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Justice, the 2012 elections can move forward without interruption. This is an important milestone for the Board and for the state of Alaska. We have worked hard to balance the multiple competing legal standards in building a plan that will fairly represent all Alaskans. Today's decision validates those efforts."

Under Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, a number of states - including Alaska - are required to submit new redistricting plans to the U.S. Department of Justice for review in order to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose or effect and will not result in retrogression. An Alaska redistricting plan is retrogressive if it is drawn in a manner that worsens Alaska Native voting strength as compared to the previous district configurations.   

 Detailed information about the Section 5 review process can be accessed at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php. 

Board Submits Amended Proclamation Plan to U.S. Department of Justice

May 25, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) a request for preclearance of its Amended Proclamation Plan under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires that certain states - including Alaska - submit changes to their electoral processes and redistricting plans for preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose and will not result in retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their exercise of the electoral franchise.   

Included in the submission is a report from Voting Rights Act expert Dr. Lisa Handley which finds that "the Amended Proclamation Plan is not retrogressive" and thus should be precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. 

      

Citizens interested in reviewing the materials submitted to the DOJ may do so at the Alaska Redistricting Office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.  A complete electronic copy of the submission, including the submission statement and multiple volumes of attachments, can be accessed through the Board's website at http://www.akredistricting.org/dojsubmissionindex.htm. 

Citizens wishing to provide comment to the DOJ regarding the Board's preclearance submission should do so in writing and mail the comments to:

Chief, Voting Section

Civil Rights Division

United States Department of Justice

Room 7254-NWB

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20530

The envelope and first page should be marked:  "Comment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act."

The public is encouraged to comment as soon as possible.  The DOJ has at least 60 days after receiving the Board's submission to evaluate the plan and make a decision.    

The ''Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,'' 28 CFR Part 51, provide detailed information about the Section 5 review process. Copies of these Procedures are available for download at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ voting. 

CONTACT: 

Taylor Bickford, Executive Director

Phone:  (907) 269-7402

Supreme Court Approves Redistricting Plan for 2012 Elections

 

May 22, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Supreme Court today issued a decision ordering that "the Amended Proclamation Plan adopted by the Redistricting Board on April 5, 2012, including the Southeast Alaska districts as configured in the plan of that date, shall serve as the redistricting plan for the 2012 election."

A copy of the order is available for download here.

Board Submits New Southeast Districts to the Alaska Supreme Court

May 15, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today filed a notice of compliance with the Alaska Supreme Court's order of May 10, 2012.

     

The purpose of the filing is to ask the Court to approve the Board's newly adopted Southeast districts and implement the modified Amended Proclamation Plan as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections.   

 

The legal document and its attachments are available for download here.

On May 10, 2012 the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision adopting the Board's Amended Proclamation Plan as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections, so long as the Southeast districts were reformulated based on the requirements of the Alaska Constitution and without regard to the Federal Voting Rights Act.  

Along with state court approval, the Amended Proclamation Plan will also need to receive preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under Section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act before it can be implemented. The Board expects to file for preclearance shortly after the Alaska Supreme Court issues a final ruling on the use of an interim plan. 

May 15 Board Meeting Reminder

 

May 15, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

District Descriptions: Download

May 14 Board Meeting Reminder

May 14, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

Draft Southeast Maps: Download

Board Meeting Notice

May 11, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On May 10, 2012 the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision adopting the Alaska Redistricting Board's Amended Proclamation Plan as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections, so long as the plan's Southeast districts are reformulated based solely on the requirements of the Alaska Constitution.

The Board will meet at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 to work toward the adoption of new Southeast districts.

Additionally, meetings have been tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 and Wednesday, May 16, 2012. 

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may attend in person at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501) or listen via live stream at www.aklegislature.tv.

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org. 

Supreme Court Orders Use of Board's Amended Proclamation Plan as an Interim Plan for 2012

May 10, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision today ordering that the Alaska Redistricting Board's Amended Proclamation Plan be adopted as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections, so long as the plan's Southeast Alaska districts are reformulated based solely on the requirements of the Alaska Constitution.

A copy of the order is available for download here.

Oral Argument Scheduled in Redistricting Appeal

May 8, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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WHAT:  The Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in an appeal over Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy's recent decision> in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00am. Each side has been allotted one hour for argument.

WHERE:  Alaska Supreme Court, 5th Floor, 303 K Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

Supreme Court Issues Revised Scheduling Order

May 7, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Supreme Court today issued a revised scheduling order in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board.  
   
A copy of the order is available for download here.  
  

Board Files Appeal of Superior Court Decision

 

May 1, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today filed with the Alaska Supreme Court its petition for review of Judge McConahy's recent decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board.

A copy of the filing is available for download here

Responses to the Board's appeal are due no later than May 9, 2012.  In its recent scheduling order, the Alaska Supreme Court indicated that oral argument, if allowed, will be held in Anchorage during the week of May 21, 2012.

Alaska Supreme Court Issues Scheduling Order

April 27, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Supreme Court issued an order today setting the schedule for appeals to Judge McConahy's recent decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board.  

 

The order establishes that petitions for review must be filed no later than May 1, 2012, and that responses must be filed no later than May 9, 2012. Additionally, oral argument, if allowed, will be held during in Anchorage during the week of May 21, 2012.

A copy of the order is available for download here

Board to Appeal Superior Court Decision

April 25, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board voted unanimously today to appeal Judge McConahy's recent decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board with the Alaska Supreme Court.

The Board will ask the court to overturn Judge McConahy's decision and approve the Amended Proclamation Plan as adopted on April 5, 2012. 

Additionally, as a contingency the Board authorized its legal counsel to draft a petition seeking to use its Original Proclamation Plan for the 2012 state legislative elections. 

The Alaska Supreme Court allowed for that option in its March 14, 2012 Order, finding that if the Board's Amended Proclamation Plan has not been approved by both the state court and the U.S. Department of Justice in time for this year's elections, it may petition for use of its Original Proclamation Plan as an interim plan. 

Along with adopting its Amended Proclamation Plan on April 5, 2012 the Board also adopted a plan to be used as an interim plan. The plan is based on the Board's Original Proclamation Plan, with fixes made across the Fairbanks North Star Borough districts as mandated by the Alaska Supreme Court.

If needed, the petition for use of an interim plan will be filed with the court at a later date under the direction of Board Chairman John Torgerson. 

INTERIM PLAN MAPS
Interim Statewide Map
Interim Fairbanks Map     

April 24 Meeting Reminder

April 23, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will meet via teleconference at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the impact of Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board and determine whether or not to make an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court. 

The proposed agenda is available for download here .  

     

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at  www.aklegislature.tv.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.   

Judge Issues Decision in Redistricting Case

April 20, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy today issued his decision regarding the Alaska Redistricting Board's Amended Proclamation Plan. A copy of the decision can be downloaded here.

   

The Board will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 via teleconference to discuss the impact of the decision and determine whether or not to make an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court. 

   

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at  www.aklegislature.tv.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.   

Redistricting Litigation Update

April 19, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On April 16, 2012 a total of seven parties filed objections to the Alaska Redistricting Board's Amended Proclamation Plan. On April 18, 2012 the Alaska Redistricting Board responded to those objections.    

Copies of the recent filings and all litigation documents are available for download below or via www.akredistricting.org/litigationindex.  

  

Along with state court approval, the Amended Proclamation Plan will also need to receive preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under Section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act before it can be implemented. The Board expects to file for preclearance with DOJ next week.    

In its March 14, 2012 Order the Alaska Supreme Court found that if the Amended Proclamation Plan has not been approved by both the state court and DOJ in time for the June 1, 2012 candidate filing deadline, the Board may petition for use of its original Proclamation Plan as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections.     

Along with adopting its Amended Proclamation Plan on April 5, 2012 the Board also adopted a plan to be used as an interim plan if needed. The plan is based on the Board's original Proclamation Plan, with fixes made across the Fairbanks North Star Borough districts as mandated by the Alaska Supreme Court.

OBJECTIONS 

Fairbanks North Star Borough

Aleutians East Borough

City of Petersburg

Calista Corporation

Bristol Bay Native Corporation

RIGHTS Coalition 

Riley Plaintiffs 

RESPONSE

Alaska Redistricting Board 

Board Files Notice of Compliance

April 11, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today filed a Notice of Compliance and Request for Entry of Final Judgment with the Alaska Superior Court. The purpose of the filing is to ask Judge Michael P. McConahy to approve the Board's Amended Proclamation Plan as adopted on April 5, 2012.

The legal document and its attachments are available for download below.

Along with state court approval, the Amended Proclamation Plan will also need to receive preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under Section 5 of the Federal Voting Rights Act before it can be implemented. The Board expects to file for preclearance with the DOJ later this month.

DOCUMENTS

- Notice of Compliance with Order on Remand and Request for Entry of Final Judgment

- Exhibit Index

- Exhibit A

- Exhibit B

- Exhibit C

- Exhibit D

- Exhibit E

- Exhibit F

- Exhibit G

- Exhibit H

Additional Amended Proclamation Plan Materials

April 5, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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Additional materials, such as individual district maps and a list of communities by district, for the Alaska Redistricting Board's Amended Proclamation Plan adopted on April 5, 2012 are available for download here.

If you encounter any difficulty downloading the newly posted files, please send an email to info@akredistricting.org for assistance. 

Board Meeting Materials: April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On April 5, 2012 the Alaska Redistricting Board will meet via teleconference at 10 a.m. to formally adopt a new Proclamation of Redistricting, accompanying reports and findings as mandated by the Court.

Meeting materials including maps, data and GIS files for the Amended Proclamation Plan are available for download below and via www.akredistricting.org/amendedproclamation.

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at www.aklegislature.tv.

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.  

REPORTS AND DATA

- Amended Proclamation of Redistricting

- Description of Amended Proclamation House and Senate Districts

- Board Adopted Findings

- Population Analysis

- Senate Terms

- GIS Files

MAPS

- Amended Proclamation Statewide Map

- Amended Proclamation Anchorage Map

- Amended Proclamation Mat-Su Map

- Amended Proclamation Fairbanks Map
- Amended Proclamation Kenai Map
- Amended Proclamation Southeast Map
- Interim Statewide Map
- Interim Fairbanks Map

Board Meeting Notice: April 5, 2012

March 31, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On March 31, 2012 the Alaska Redistricting Boarded adopted an Amended Proclamation Plan in concept with all district boundaries being subject to technical changes pending staff and legal review.

The Board will meet via teleconference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 to formally adopt a new Proclamation of Redistricting, accompanying report and findings as mandated by the Court.

All Board meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may listen to the teleconference at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501), by calling 1-855-463-5009, or via live stream at www.aklegislature.tv.

Prior to the start of Thursday's meeting, additional maps, data and GIS files for the Amended Proclamation Plan will be added to www.akredistricting.org and distributed via email.

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call 907-269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org. 

Board Adopts Amended Proclamation Plan

March 31, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today adopted, by unanimous vote, a new plan for the redrawing of Alaska's state legislative districts.

  

"We believe that the new plan deviates from the requirements of the Alaska Constitution to the least degree reasonable necessary to ensure compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act," said Board Chairman John Torgerson.

  

A preliminary statewide mapis available for download here*. Additional maps and data will be added to www.akredistricting.org and distributed via email on Monday, April 2nd. 

 

The Board intends to meet via teleconference next week to formally adopt a new Proclamation of Redistricting and accompanying report along with findings as mandated by the Court. 

*All district boundaries are subject to technical changes pending staff and legal review prior to the formal adoption of a new Proclamation of Redistricting

March 31 Board Meeting Reminder

 

March 31, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10am

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

March 30 Board Meeting Reminder

 

March 30, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10am

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

Board Maps: Download

March 29 Board Meeting Reminder

 

March 29, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10am

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

Submitted Maps: Download

Board Maps: Download

March 28 Board Meeting Reminder

 

March 28, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10am

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

Voting Rights Act Analysis of "Hickel" Starting Point: Download

Board Adopts Plan as "Hickel" Starting Point

 

March 27, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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In accordance with the Alaska Supreme Court's March 14, 2012 Order, the Alaska Redistricting Board today adopted a plan focusing solely on compliance with the Alaska Constitutional requirements of contiguity, compactness, and relative socioeconomic integration.   

In furtherance of the Court mandated "Hickel process", this initially drawn plan, adopted by unanimous vote, will now be analyzed in order to determine whether or not it complies with the requirements of the Federal Voting Rights Act.

If it is found that the plan is non-compliant, the Board will work to make revisions that deviate from the Alaska Constitution when deviation is the only means available to satisfy the Voting Rights Act requirements. 

Board staff has sent the plan to Dr. Lisa Handley, the Board's Voting Rights consultant, and expects to receive her analysis prior to the start of tomorrow's scheduled meeting.   The Board plans to discuss her findings during tomorrow's meeting and will begin working toward the adoption of a revised plan if it is determined that changes to the initially designed Hickel starting point are required.

A statewide mapand GIS files for the plan adopted today are available for download below or via www.akredistricting.org. 

Plan Materials*  
Statewide Map 
GIS Files 

*All district boundaries are subject to technical changes pending staff review and analysis 

March 27 Board Meeting Reminder

 

March 27, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10am

Where: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Live Stream: alaskalegislature.tv

Proposed Agenda: Download

"Hickel" Maps: Download

Notice of Board Meetings

March 16, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On March 15, 2012, Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy directed the Alaska Redistricting Board to formulate a new redistricting plan consistent with the March 14, 2012 Order of the Alaska Supreme Court.

In accordance with the Court’s directive, the Alaska Redistricting Board will meet during the time period of March 26-31, 2012 to work toward the adoption of a new redistricting plan.

These meetings will take place at the Board’s Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501) and may involve periodic recesses to a time certain. Discussion of legal matters may require executive session.

All Board meetings are public meetings and will be live streamed at www.alaskalegislature.tv. In the event you can’t listen on the internet you may call 1-855-463-5009.

Anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call (907) 269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.

MARCH 26-31, 2012 BOARD MEETINGS

March 26, 2012 1:00 PM
March 27, 2012 10:00 AM
March 28, 2012 10:00 AM
March 29, 2012 10:00 AM
March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
March 31, 2012 10:00 AM

Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument

March 12, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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WHAT:  The Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in an appeal over Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1:30pm. Each side has been allotted 45 minutes for argument.

WHERE:  Alaska Supreme Court, 5th Floor, 303 K Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

The Board's petition for review and other litigation documents are available for download at www.akredistricting.org.      

CONTACT: 

Taylor Bickford, Executive Director

Phone:  (907) 269-7402

Alaska Supreme Court Sets Key Dates for Appeal

 

February 9, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Supreme Court issued an order yesterday setting the schedule for appeals to Judge Michael P. McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board.   

The scheduling order is available for download here.  

It establishes that petitions for review must be filed no later than Monday, February 13, and that oral argument will be heard on Tuesday, March 13, in Anchorage. Other key dates set by the Court are described in the order.  

Judge McConahy remanded four House districts back to the Alaska Redistricting Board in a ruling> handed down on Friday, February 3. The Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 7, to appeal his decision on two of those districts, House Districts 38 and 37.

The Board decided not to appeal Judge McConahy's remand of House Districts 1 and 2.  

Board to Appeal Superior Court Decision

 

February 7, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board voted unanimously today to appeal Judge McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board to the Alaska Supreme Court.

In a ruling handed down on Friday, February 3, Judge McConahy remanded four House districts back to the Board. The Board's appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court will focus on two of those districts, House Districts 38 and 37. 

"With respect to House Districts 38 and 37, we believe that the Superior Court's conclusions are based on significant factual and legal errors," said Board Chairman John Torgerson. "We are also concerned that the impact of this decision would lead to violations of the Alaska Constitution and would dilute Alaska Native voting strength statewide."

The Board decided not to appeal Judge McConahy's remand of House Districts 1 and 2.

"We believe that the fix to House Districts 1 and 2 will be relatively straightforward," said Torgerson. "We will address those issues after the Supreme Court has made its ruling next month."

It is anticipated that the Alaska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in mid-March. 

CONTACT:

Taylor Bickford, Executive Director

Phone:  (907) 269-7402

Reminder: February 7 Board Meeting

 

February 6, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will meet at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 7, at the Alaska Redistricting office in Anchorage. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the impact of Judge McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board and to determine whether or not to make an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: TBD
Location: 411 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501
Live Audio Stream: http://alaskalegislature.tv

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person at the Alaska Redistricting Office in Anchorage or listen to the meeting live via the Alaska Legislature's streaming media portal (http://alaskalegislature.tv). There will be no public testimony or comment taken at this meeting.

Anyone requiring ADA accommodations is requested to contact the Board by phone (907-269-7402) or e-mail (info@akredistricting.org).

BREAKING: Judge Issues Decision in Redistricting Case

 

February 3, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael P. McConahy today issued his decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board. A copy of the decision is available for public download via the Board's website. 

   

The Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, to discuss the impact of the decision and determine whether or not to make an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.  

The Board's full meeting schedule and calendar can be accessed at www.akredistricting.org/calendar. Tentatively scheduled meetings for February 6 and February 8-10 have been cancelled.

Update: February 3 Board Meeting Canceled

 

February 2, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board has canceled its tentatively scheduled Board meeting for February 3, 2012. The Board's full meeting schedule and calendar can be accessed at www.akredistricting.org/calendar.  

Update: February 2 Board Meeting Canceled

 

February 1, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board has canceled its tentatively scheduled Board meeting for February 2, 2012. The Board's full meeting schedule and calendar can be accessed at www.akredistricting.org/calendar.  

Update: February 1 Board Meeting Canceled

 

January 31, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board has canceled its tentatively scheduled Board meeting for February 1, 2012. The Board's full meeting schedule and calendar can be accessed at www.akredistricting.org/calendar.  

Update: January 31 Board Meeting Canceled

 

January 30, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board has canceled its tentatively scheduled Board meeting for January 31, 2012. The Board's full meeting schedule and calendar can be accessed at www.akredistricting.org/calendar.  

Alaska Redistricting Board Meeting Notice

 

January 24, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will hold a Board meeting immediately following the release of Superior Court Judge McConahy's decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board. It is anticipated that a decision will be released between January 31, 2012 and February 10, 2012.

The purpose of the meeting will be for the Board to discuss the impact of the decision and determine whether or not to make an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.

This meeting will take place at the Board's Anchorage office (411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501) and may involve periodic recesses to a time certain. Discussion of legal matters may require executive session.

This meeting will be streamed at www.alaskalegislature.tv. In the event you can't listen on internet you may call 1-855-463-5009. This is a listen only meeting.  Testimony will not be taken. 

Board meetings are public meetings and anyone needing special accommodations is requested to call (907) 269-7402 or email info@akredistricting.org.

BOARD MEETINGS

January 31, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 1, 2012 10:00 AM *

February 2, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 3, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 6, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 7, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 8, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 9, 2012 10:00 AM*

February 10, 2012 10:00 AM*   

*Meetings are tentatively scheduled and subject to cancellation based on the release date of a decision in 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board

Redistricting Trial Update

 

January 4, 2012

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On Monday, January 9, 2011, an Alaska Superior Court trial over challenges to the Alaska Redistricting Board's plan for the redrawing of Alaska's legislative election districts is set to begin.

The trial is expected to last two weeks and will be heard by Judge Michael P. McConahy of the Fourth Judicial District in Fairbanks.

 

The Board's trial briefs and other litigation documents are available for download at http://www.akredistricting.org.

  

What:  In re: 2011 Redistricting Cases v. Alaska Redistricting Board 

When:  Monday, January 9, 2012

Where:  Rabinowitz Courthouse, Courtroom 403, 101 Lacey Street, Fairbanks  

Conference Number:  866-231-8327 (Limited to the first 150 participants) 

Conference Code:  9074529311#

Members of the public interested in following the trial can attend in person or listen live via the toll-free conference number.

U.S. Department of Justice Approves Alaska Redistricting Plan

 

October 11, 2011

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board announced today that its final redistricting plan for the redrawing of Alaska's state legislative districts has received "preclearance" from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Under Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, a number of states - including Alaska - are required to submit new redistricting plans to the U.S. Department of Justice for review in order to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose or effect and will not result in retrogression. An Alaska redistricting plan is retrogressive if it is drawn in a manner that worsens Alaska Native voting strength as compared to the previous district configurations.

Alaska Redistricting Board Chairman John Torgerson issued the following statement this afternoon:  

"Receiving preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice is validation that the Board was successful in drawing a redistricting plan that maintains and protects the ability of the Alaska Native community to participate in the electoral process. This is an important milestone for the Board and a necessary stepbefore Alaska's new legislative districts can be implemented."

A copy of the preclearance letter is available for public download from the Board's website.  Detailed information about the Section 5 review process can be accessed at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php.

Alaska Redistricting Board Officially Submits Final Redistricting Plan to U.S. Department of Justice

 

August 11, 2011

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board today submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) a request for preclearance of its final redistricting plan under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires that certain states - including Alaska - submit changes to their electoral processes and redistricting plans for preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose and will not result in retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their exercise of the electoral franchise.  

Citizens interested in reviewing the materials submitted to the DOJ may do so at the Alaska Redistricting Office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.  A complete electronic copy of the submission, including the submission statement and multiple volumes of attachments, can be accessed through the Board's website at http://www.akredistricting.org/dojsubmissionindex.htm.

Citizens wishing to provide comment to the DOJ regarding the Board's preclearance submission should do so in writing and mail the comments to:

Chief, Voting Section

Civil Rights Division

United States Department of Justice

Room 7254-NWB

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20530

The envelope and first page should be marked:  "Comment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act."

The public is encouraged to comment as soon as possible.  The DOJ has at least 60 days after receiving the Board's submission to evaluate the plan and make a decision.    

The ''Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,'' 28 CFR Part 51, provide detailed information about the Section 5 review process. Copies of these Procedures are available for download at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ voting. 

July 18 Board Meeting Notice

 

July 12, 2011

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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The Alaska Redistricting Board will meet at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 18, 2011 at the Alaska Redistricting office in Anchorage.  The purpose of the meeting will be to receive reports on various administrative and legal issues.

Date:  Monday, July 18, 2011
Start Time:  10:00 AM
End Time:  TBD
Location:  Alaska Redistricting Office, 411 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99501
Live Audio Stream:  http://alaskalegislature.tv 

A final agenda will be posted on the Board's website (http://www.akredistricting.org) when it is available.  Members of the public may attend the meeting in person at the Alaska Redistricting Office in Anchorage or listen to the meeting live via the Alaska Legislature's streaming media portal (http://alaskalegislature.tv).  There will be no public testimony or comment taken at this meeting.

Anyone requiring ADA accommodations is requested to contact the Board by phone (907-269-7402) or e-mail (info@akredistricting.org).

The Alaska Redistricting Board is responsible for redrawing Alaska's legislative election districts every ten years after the federal Census.  For more information about the redistricting process in Alaska, please visit http://www.akredistricting.org. 

CONTACT:
Taylor Bickford, Executive Director
Phone:  (907) 269-7402

Alaska Redistricting Board Issues Final Plan and Proclamation of Redistricting

 

June 8, 2011

Posted by Redistricting Board Staff

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On Monday, June 13th, the Alaska Redistricting Board adopted its final plan for the redistricting of Alaska's legislative districts by a unanimous 5-0 vote and issued its Proclamation of Redistricting, as mandated by the Alaska Constitution.  

The Board's adopted districts will be implemented for legislative elections in the year 2012, and thereafter, until a valid Redistricting Plan has been adopted following the next decennial census.  

All documents related to the Proclamation of Redistricting and its accompanying report are available for download at http://www.akredistricting.org.

Reflecting on the redistricting process, Board members offered the following statements:

John Torgerson, Soldotna 
"I want to thank the Board for working together and listening to eachother throughout this process.  We have lifted this process upby making decisions together and voting unanimously in the end.  It is humbling to know that the comments of a resident of a small village were treated as importantly as a mayor from a larger town. This Board truly cared, approaching each and every task with the utmost professionalism and dedication to public service." 

Marie Greene, Kotzebue 
"I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who have welcomed us into their communities and homes across the state and to those who took the time to provide valuable and heartfelt testimony. Public testimony was given high priority in our deliberations by each of us on the board.

It has been my distinct honor to work with and to get to know every member of this board and staff.  Alaska in general was very fortunate to have board members and staff who cared about all Alaskans.  This made the challenge of representing rural Alaskans so much easier.  We worked together with one vision and that was to ensure that all Alaskans would be represented.  Throughout the process, we could visualize every face and hear every voice of those who had provided testimony.   

Adopting a redistricting plan for the state of Alaska, in particular rural Alaska for me, was no small challenge as many of you are aware.  The board and staff as a whole worked tirelessly with open minds and have submitted a plan which we believe will work for all Alaskans during the next ten years."

Robert Brodie, Kodiak
"Over the course of the process, this Board has exercised as much care and caution as they could.  I am proud of our efforts to reach out to the citizens of the state of Alaska and get their opinion on this plan.  I think it's a good plan, and while we certainly can't please everybody, we have tried to be fair to e