The Alaska Supreme Court has stayed the Superior Court order by Judge Thomas Matthews that directed the Alaska Redistricting Board to adopt Map 2 for Senate pairings for East Anchorage, Eagle River, and Girdwood. Judge Matthews earlier this week ordered the board to adopt the map, after he said he did not like the second map the board drew for Senate districts in East and South Anchorage. Matthews had ordered the Democrats’ preferred map be used for the 2022 election cycle, rather than the one the redistricting board had decided on.
The Alaska Redistricting Board has petitioned the Supreme Court for review of the Superior Court decision. The Supreme Court is reviewing petitions over the next few days. A date for oral arguments, if any, has not been set.
The litigation page at the Alaska Redistricting Board’s website has been updated with the Board’s Petition to Review filed with the Alaska Supreme Court last night. More about the ongoing litigation over the Anchorage Senate districts can be found at the Alaska Redistricting Board’s homepage.
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