Redistricting board gives unanimous nod to new plan

Associated PressMarch 31, 2012 

The Alaska Redistricting Board has adopted a new plan for redrawing the state's legislative districts.

The board voted unanimously on Saturday to adopt the plan, which Board Chairman John Torgerson says deviates the "least degree reasonable" from the Federal Voting Rights Act.

Under an Alaska Supreme Court ruling, the board is to design a plan focusing on state constitutional requirements, then determine if that plan complies with federal law.

If it doesn't, the board is to make revisions deviating from the constitution when deviation is the only means available to meet federal voting act requirements.

The board is expected to meet next week to adopt the report and a Proclamation of Redistricting.

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