Redistricting Trial Continues
Board chair testifies in Fairbanks
Today the Alaska Redistricting Board began presenting its case in the trial concerning the new legislative map it created.
During testimony in Fairbanks Superior Court, Redistricting Board Chairman John Torgerson said the board relied heavily on an expert’s advice about how the Department of Justice would view the voting strength of Alaska Natives.
Torgerson said the board was forced to create spread-out legislative districts in order to comply with the Federal Voting Rights Act, which supercedes Alaska’s constitution.
The board is being sued by two residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough who object to being paired with rural areas hundreds of miles away.