Arguments set in Alaska redistricting case

Becky Bohrer
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 9, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court plans to hear oral arguments March 13 in the lawsuit over the state's newly drawn political boundaries.

State court Judge Michael McConahy recently ruled that four House Districts are unconstitutional as drawn. House Districts 1, 2 and 38 are in the Fairbanks area, with 1 and 2 urban districts and 38 parts urban and rural, stretching to the Bering Sea. House District 37 splits the Aleutian chain.

The plaintiffs are two Fairbanks-area residents.

The Alaska Redistricting Board is challenging the decision on Districts 37 and 38. Plaintiffs' attorney Michael Walleri says McConahy failed to recognize the dilution of voting rights in Fairbanks.

He plans to challenge McConahy's decision on District 6 and 38. He says McConahy also should have invalidated District 38 on equal protection grounds.