CASE SUMMARY

On December 2, 2021, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and an Alaskan voter filed a complaint with the Superior Court of Alaska challenging several districts within the Alaska Redistricting Board's adopted state House redistricting plan as violating the Alaska and U.S. Constitutions. The plaintiffs claims center around the state House districts located within and around the Borough's boundaries, which the plaintiffs assert are all over-populated in violation of the one person, one vote constitutional requirement under the equal protection clauses of the Alaska and U.S. Constitution. Additionally, plaintiffs also assert those districts violate several of the redistricting criteria provided in Alaska Constitution Article VI, Section 6, including compactness, contiguity, and respecting communities of interest and local government boundaries. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the Board's final plan violates the state and federal constitutions and a court order remanding the plan back to the Board for correction of these 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; Calista Corp. 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 Third Judicial District at Palmer - No. 3PA-21-02397CI]