Members of the Senate’s coalition majority say they don’t expect changes to the system before the 2024 election, but others aren’t sure.
Jude Pate is also the first justice to come from Southeast Alaska since 2013.
Stowers retired from the state Supreme Court in 2020.
This will be Chief Justice Daniel Winfree’s first State of the Judiciary Address.
Unless the justices strike it down, Alaskans will engage in ranked choice voting in November.
The U.S. Census released its reapportionment data for states this week. That means states now must re-draw congressional and state legislative districts to make sure everyone has fair representation and voting rights.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Winfree issued the latest order on Tuesday, reversing a previous order relaxing the use of masks in state court facilities.
Winfree’s term starts on July 1, succeeding Chief Justice Joel Bolger.
This marks Clarkson’s second high-profile Supreme Court defeat in the space of one month, after he also lost an effort to block the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
“We recognize that too often African-Americans, Alaska Natives, and other people of color are not treated with the same dignity and respect as white members of our communities,” the justices wrote.