Redistricting Board Waiting for U.S. Supreme Court Decision

The Alaska Redistricting Board is planning to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act before re-redrawing the state’s political boundaries.

The nation’s high court heard arguments in February over whether there is an ongoing need for states with a history of discrimination to get Justice Department approval for redistricting plans or proposed election changes.

Alaska is among the states that must get approval, a requirement that state officials has called unwarranted.

A decision in the case is expected by June.

Redistricting Board Chairman John Torgerson  of Kenai said that the board wants to see how the court rules before moving forward.

The Alaska Supreme Court had previously ordered the redistricting plan be redrawn for next year’s elections.

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