By Sean Maguire
Anchorage Daily News 

Alaska Supreme Court rules political gerrymandering of election districts unconstitutional

 

April 26, 2023



In a landmark decision, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled last Friday that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional under the Alaska Constitution’s equal protection doctrine.

The decision follows a contentious reapportionment cycle after the 2020 census: The Alaska Redistricting Board was twice found by the state’s highest court of having unconstitutionally gerrymandered the state’s political maps by attempting to give solidly Republican Eagle River more political representation with two Senate seats in the 20-member body.

Following a court order, the board approved an interim map las...



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