State of Alaska

Alaska Legislative Redistricting Challenge (Valdez)

Valdez v. Alaska Redistricting Board

Lawsuit filed on behalf of the city of Valdez and one of its residents against the Alaska Redistricting Board challenging Alaska’s new legislative districts. The complaint alleges that the board passed new legislative maps in violation of Alaska’s Open Meetings Act by failing to offer adequate opportunities for public comment and declining to take citizen concerns into account. The complaint also takes issue with how Valdez is placed in new districts, arguing that the board violated Alaska redistricting principles by combining it with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and ignoring integrated socio-economic communities. The suit claims that the votes of Valdez residents are therefore diluted and asks the court to block the new legislative districts from taking effect and order the use of new valid maps. The case was consolidated with four other lawsuits challenging the new legislative districts.

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