CASE SUMMARY

On December 10, 2021, two Alaskan voters and an Alaska Native Regional Corporation filed a lawsuit against the Alaska Redistricting Board challenging the Board's adopted legislative plan as violating the U.S. and Alaska Constitutions and the federal Voting Rights Act. First, plaintiffs allege that the plan violates Article VI, Section 6 of the Alaska Constitution because the Board failed to give due regard to local government boundaries and failed to respect integrated socio-economic areas when creating the boundaries of Alaska House Districts 38 and 37 and Alaska Senate District S. Next, they allege that the plan violates the U.S. and Alaska Constitution's Equal Protection Clauses by creating state house and senate districts that dilute the voting strength of Calista's Alaska Native population by placing them in districts with different social, political, and economic concerns. Finally, plaintiffs assert that the adopted plan also violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because the districts results in the denial or abridgement of the plaintiffs' and other Calista Region citizens' right to vote on the basis of their race, color, or membership in a language minority group. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the adopted plan violates the federal and state constitutions and federal law, and for the court to remand the plan back to the Board for correction of the violations.

On December 14, 2021, the presiding judges of the Alaska Superior Court issued a statewide order consolidating the 5 pending challenges to Alaska's adopted legislative plans and transferring their venue to the Anchorage Superior Court.

Related Cases: Municipality of Skagway Borough v. Alaska Redistricting Board; City of Valdez v. Alaska Redistricting Board; Matanuska-Susitna Borough v. Alaska Redistricting Board; & Wilson v. Alaska Redistricting Board.

CASE LIBRARY

Alaska Superior Court, Third Judicial District at Anchorage - No. 3AN-21-8869CI [formerly in Fourth Judicial District at Bethel - No. 4BE-21-00372CI]