Accusation of partisanship in legislative redistricting
November 18, 2021
A divided Alaska Redistricting Board voted last week on a final map that could give one of the more conservative areas of the state, Eagle River, a second seat in the state Senate.
All three board members appointed by Republican elected officials supported the map. The two who were not appointed by Republicans opposed the map.
In addition to redrawing the boundaries for the state’s 40 House seats, the board had to decide the pairings of two House districts each to create 20 Senate seats. It was those Senate district boundaries that prompted last week’s accusation of partisanship.