Court stands by decision in redistricting case

Associated Press State Wire: Alaska
February 16, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court is standing by its decision ordering that the state's redistricting plan be redrawn for the 2014 elections.

The court late Friday released an opinion correcting from 36 to 22 the number of House districts that were unchanged after the Alaska Redistricting Board was initially ordered to redraw the map, giving greater deference to Alaska constitutional requirements. The court otherwise denied the board's petition for rehearing.

Chief Justice Dana Fabe and Senior Justice Warren Matthews dissented.

The board has not yet decided whether it might ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.