AK Redistricting 2020-?

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Alaska total population came in today - April 26, 2021 - from the Census Bureau.  733,391.  That means each district needs to be as close to 18,335 as possible. More details on April 26 post.

 The 2020 Redistricting Board has been set up.  This tab will index the posts I do about this round of redistricting.  An earlier tab chronicled the 2010 Board.  It has posts from March 15, 2010 through the last meeting on December 20, 2013.  I'm hoping this Board won't take so long to get approved maps.  (The Alaska Supreme Court has had to rule on challenges to most previous Redistricting Boards.)  Posts on this Board began on December 28, 2020.  The previous Board got the Census data necessary for this process on March 15, 2011.  This round the Board is expected to get the Census data by mid August, which is earlier than previously predicted.

The Five Board Members
Link to brief descriptions of the members

The Board's website is at https://www.akredistrict.org.

Prof Justin Levitt's Alaska Redistricting Page - Levitt is a nationally known researcher on redistricting.  

Index of Posts (most recent post on top)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - Redistricting Board Meeting May 26, 2021 - Board Picks VRA Consultant, But All Discussion Of Candidates Was In Executive Session  - Nearly all the meeting was in Executive Session, where they discussed and chose the consultant they want to use.  They voted publicly to choose the anonymous winner and pursue writing a contract.  Also includes my rough notes of the public part of the meeting.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Redistricting Board Meets Tomorrow (Wednesday) May 26 at 2:30 Mostly Executive Session - Includes minutes, links to documents, call in phone numbers. Main business is interviewing Voting Rights Act (VRA)  Consultant and possibly choosing one.  Brief overview of why VRA consultant is less important than after the 2010 Census.  Links to new Voting Rights Acts presently in Congress.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - Alaska Redistricting Board - The Five Board Members - This post offers a brief intro to each of the five members including photos.  

Monday, April 26, 2021 - Alaska Officially Has 733,391 People - According To The 2020 Census - UPDATED - The Board got the total population figure from the Census Bureau today.  The post explains how this translates into 18,335 people per district.  I also look at how many people applied for the PFD compared to the Census' population number.  

Monday, April 19, 2021AK Redistricting Board Has Short Meeting. - Approve Voting Rights Act RFI With Longer Time Limit - Deadline was set for returning proposals for Voting Rights Act consultant and minutes contractor was introduced.  

Post gives the agenda for the meeting and the RFI for the Voting Rights Act Consultant.   I also discuss the Voting Rights Act, how things have changed since ten years ago, and why there is a need for a consultant.  I've included relevant links as well.  

Monday, March 22, 2021The Law Firms That Sent In Proposals To The Alaska Redistricting Board [Updated]  - This post lists the five law firms that submitted proposals to the Board and includes the five proposals.  I also tried to highlight the specific redistricting experience each firm listed in their proposals. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - AK Redistricting Board Selects Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt For Legal Counsel - Overview of Board meeting from Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Selection of Legal Counsel, Protocol for requests from public, Taking public testimony at meetings.  Next meeting Friday March 26, 2:30.  

Monday, March 1, 2021 - AK Redistricting Board Talks About Transparency Then Goes Behind Closed Doors  - In which I discuss how they went into Executive Session last time, the State law concerning Executive Session, and a Supreme Court case that suggests they should have done the interview in public.  

Friday, February 26, 2021Alaska Redistricting Board Goes Into Executive Session To Interview Legal Advisor Applicant  - discussed outreach to public and policy for responding to meeting requests by individuals and groups.  Went into Executive Session without announcing specific reason or whether they needed to.  More on this in next post.  

Monday, February 22, 2021 - Alaska Redistricting Board To Begin Interviewing Legal Firms To Counsel The Board

Meetings Friday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday March 2, mostly in executive session to choose law firm to advise Board.  

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 2020 Alaska Redistricting Board Debuts Its Website

With image and link to the site.

February 15, 2021 - Alaska Redistricting Board To Get Census Data "By Sept. 30, 2021" Along With All The Other States

This year's Census data will be much later in the year than ten years ago.  

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - AK Redistricting Board: January 26 - Approving Their Own Pay And Per Diem, Public Hearing Notice & Public Records Policies

This was a meeting to approve policies as listed in the title.  There's a summary and my thoughts at the top and a rough transcript of the meeting.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 -  How Much Does It Cost To Eat Out In Anchorage? The Redistricting Board Thinks $6o A Day Isn't Enough

Starting from the Board's belief that you can't eat three meals in Anchorage for $60, I look at some restaurant options and costs.  Then I discuss ethical and budgeting issues tied into questions about Board's setting their own pay and expenses, the role of a public board member, and the idea of public service, their per diem in context of the overall budget, and class differences in terms of deciding on what an acceptable restaurant is.  

Saturday, January 23, 2021 -   Alaska Redistricting Board Meeting Next Tuesday - January 26, 2021 2:30pm - How Much Should They Get Paid? How Easy Should It Be To Follow What They Do? [Updated] - includes  the meeting agenda and the staff recommendations for

  • Public meetings & notices policy
  • Public records policy
  • Compensation policy
  • Travel and per diem policy

and my comments on some of these. 

Rough transcript of meeting to approve Request for Information for attorneys to advise the Board.  Proposals should be in by January 29.  

Rough transcript of the meeting and some of the staff documents.  

Monday, December 28, 2020 -  The Alaska Redistricting Board Meets Tomorrow (Tuesday) Afternoon [Updated] - My thoughts on covering the 2020 Redistricting Board after blogging the 2010 Board.  Some links to get info on the Board and the agenda for the Dec. 31 Board meeting.  

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