Court Decision Victory for State, Which Sued

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court means the board redrawing Alaska's political boundaries won't need federal approval for new maps, unless Congress acts first.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court means the board redrawing Alaska's political boundaries won't need federal approval for new maps, unless Congress acts first.
   
A divided high court found unconstitutional a provision of the federal Voting Rights Act that determines which states must get Justice Department approval for proposed election changes.
   
Alaska Redistricting Board attorney Michael White says his first look at the decision indicates the board won't have to complete additional steps required when they drafted a new map for the 2014 elections. He said the board still must comply with another provision of the Voting Rights Act that bars discriminatory voting practices and procedures.
   
The board had been instructed to design a plan focused on state constitutional requirements, then determine if the plan complies with federal law.