Alaska Supreme Court sustains part of redistricting plan impacting Juneau and Northern Lynn Canal

    Alaska Supreme Court Building in Anchorage

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP and KINY) — Northern Lynn Canal communities will couple up with part of the Mendenhall Valley as part of the plan approved by the Redistricting Board, as the result of a ruling from the Alaska Supreme Court. The communities were joined with the House district that includes downtown and Douglas.

    The high court  Friday reversed the lower court’s call that the board “take a ‘hard look’” at two southeast Alaska House districts. The high court found there was no “constitutional infirmity” with House Districts 3 and 4.  Skagway brought legal action against the plan.

    Downtown Juneau and Douglas now represented by Sara Hannan will be paired with part of the Mendenhall Valley rather than Northern Lynn Canal.   Representative Andi Story will continue to represent part of the Valley and areas out the road and now, Northern Lynn Canal communities.

    Justices  ruled that a state Senate district pairing part of east Anchorage and the Eagle River area by the board tasked with rewriting Alaska’s political boundaries amounted to an “unconstitutional political gerrymander.”

    Senate districts consist of a pair of House districts. The Senate district at issue pairs a House district that includes part of Anchorage’s Muldoon area with an Eagle River area House district.

    The court says it was affirming the lower court finding that the district was unconstitutional.

    The court also took issue with the drawing of House District 36 that plucks Cantwell out of a district that includes other parts of the Denali Borough.

     

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