Alaska

Overview

Alaska Redistricting Process

Congressional

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Alaska only has one at-large congressional district.

Legislative

The Alaska Redistricting Board draws the state legislative districts. The politically appointed five-member board has primary responsibility for redistricting. The Governor appoints two members and the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court each select one member. Commissioners must be residents of the state for at least one year and must not be public employees or officials during their appointment. Each of the state’s four judicial districts must be represented by at least one Commissioner.

The Redistricting Board must produce one or more proposed plans within 30 days of the release of the U.S. Census, or the appointment of the Board members, whichever is later. Public hearings will then be held on all plans proposed by the Board, and within 90 days of the board convening a final redistricting plan must be adopted by a majority of the members.

Challenges to the maps are litigated in the Superior Court of Alaska.

Source: Alaska Const. art. VI, §§ 8-11.


Ballot Measure Process

Kinds of Ballot Measures
Indirect initiatives and all referendums are permitted to amend statutes. Initiatives are not permitted to amend the state constitution. Legislatively initiated ballot measures may amend the Constitution, but not statutes.

Single-Subject Rule
There is a single-subject rule.

Initiative Subject Restrictions
No revenue measures, appropriations, acts affecting the judiciary, or any local or special legislation. Also, no laws affecting peace, health or safety.

Signature Requirements
100 preliminary signatures are required.
The signature requirement for statutory initiatives is 10% of all votes cast in the last general election, and 10% for veto referendums. 285,009 people voted in the 2018 General Election in Alaska, so 28,501 signatures are required for both statutory initiatives and veto referendums. A minimum of 7% of the total statewide signatures required must be collected in 30 of Alaska's 40 state house districts. District information can be found here.

Submission Deadlines
Initiative petitions must be submitted prior to convening the Legislature in the year the petition is to appear on the ballot. Referendums must be submitted 90 days after the end of the legislative session.

Circulation Period
The circulation period for initiative petitions is one year.

Ballot Title and Summary
The Ballot Title and Summary are written by the Lt. Governor with the help of the Attorney General. Expedited reviews for Titles and Summaries are permitted.

Other Requirements
A fiscal impact statement is required. Circulators are required to be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, and a resident of the state. There are no supermajority requirements. The Legislature cannot repeal an approved measure until two years have passed since its approval. Measures can be amended without time restrictions through a majority vote. Appropriations cannot be repealed. Initiatives are permitted on general, primary, and special election ballots, but not on odd-year ballots.

Source: Alaska Const. art. XI. Alaska Stat. § 15.45 (2019). Alaska Division of Elections


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