Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Court Again Rules For Plaintiff Against Alaska Redistricting Board

This is a June 11, 2013 order that I should have put up earlier. It's not too long. Basically it tells the Board
  • to follow the timeline it adopted after the previous court order
  • to get moving on the Voting Rights Act parts of the plan as soon as they complete the Hickel Plan and it says 
  • any Alaskan voter who has a problem with the plan is eligible to challenge it in court within 30 days of promulgation.
You can see the schedule the Board adopted in a post I put up a little while ago.

It also gives more context to my take on the Board's June 7 meeting (before this ruling) where I thought they basically said that they were planning to set a faster schedule and hold  public hearings because they wanted to, not because the Court was telling them to.

Petersburg, Calista Corporation, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough filed amici briefs supporting Riley.  Fairbanks also noted that the Board was not consistently posting meeting notices on its website and had taken down the long and very helpful links to court filings it had earlier.

Below is the ruling.  It's only five pages and relatively straightforward for anyone not used to reading court orders. 

[UPDATE 10:10am - I just got an agenda for the June 21 meeting which includes:

"Discussion of limited appeal to Alaska Supreme Court of Superior Court ruling."

1 comment:

  1. It's clear this board intends to continue as has become their usual custom, ie, as if they are not accountable in any meaningful way to the public they are supposed to serve.

    We need the court to remove this board from the process.

    Until the courts step in, the public is being played for fools.


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