The first draft set of maps for the Municipality of Anchorage’s reapportionment have been released by the Anchorage Assembly. It can be found at www.reapportionANC.org.
The maps set forth the boundaries for each of the Assembly seats, including the new 12th seat that voters approved for downtown Anchorage.
The website has a comment portal, a fact sheet, and documents from the Reapportionment Committee meetings this fall.
In Anchorage, Assemblyman Chris Constant led the reapportionment process, with Assembly members Pete Petersen, Crystal Kennedy, and Austin Quinn-Davidson filling out the committee.
One of the five proposed maps, shown above, takes JBER and puts it all in the Assembly seat that Constant currently represents, robbing those voters from the Eagle River area, where they are currently linked. JBER voters are not typically engaged in the municipal elections, and have little in common with downtown Anchorage voters.
Two town halls will be held in late January, the Assembly announced.
Reapportionment takes places after the U.S. Census to ensure that all districts have roughly the same number of voters in them. It’s a political process that in Anchorage is controlled by the Democrats on the Anchorage Assembly.