Redistricting Board Sets Schedule for New Map

The Alaska Redistricting Board plans to begin redrawing the state's political map.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The Alaska Redistricting Board plans to begin redrawing the state's political map.
   
The board plans to start the process Wednesday, with a goal of adopting a draft plan or plans by June 21.
   
The panel also plans to consider plans from third parties, take public comments and hold hearings.
   
The schedule adopted Friday would have the board begin work on finalizing a plan July 8.
   
Board chairman John Torgerson had wanted to wait to begin redrawing the map until the U.S. Supreme Court decided provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act. But a state court judge said there was no need to wait.
   
The Alaska Supreme Court ordered the board to redraw the map for the 2014 elections after allowing the 2012 elections to go forward under an interim map.