The state’s high court wrote that the Redistricting Board “engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering to increase the one group’s voting power at the expense of others.”
The decision almost certainly ends Alaska’s redistricting process for 2022.
The decision will be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court, the redistricting board’s executive director said.
On Friday she announced plans to run for reelection to her current seat in the state Legislature.
The state Supreme court ruled on redistricting last week, the House plans to take up the budget in a few days — and there’s yet another conflict about mask-wearing on the House floor.
Skagway filed suit last year, challenging the redistricting board’s legislative map pairing it with the Mendenhall Valley by arguing that it was more socio-economically aligned with downtown Juneau.
The judge also found that the Alaska Redistricting Board violated the state Open Meetings Act by apparently holding discussions in private that should have been in public.
The Calista Corporation, along with two private individuals from Scammon Bay and Hooper Bay, are suing the Alaska Redistricting Board.
Each lawsuit argues that communities were wrongly placed in the same district with other communities they have little in common with.
Matherly says the newly reconfigured Senate District P helped him decide to run.