Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Alaska 2012 Legislative Redistricting: Sources For New District Maps And Candidate Information

On August 11th, 2011, the Alaska Redistricting Board submitted its final legislative redistricting plan to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires that certain states - including Alaska - submit changes to their electoral processes and redistricting plans for preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose and will not result in retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their exercise of the electoral franchise. On October 11th, the Department of Justice granted that preclearance, so even though the possibility of lawsuits still exists, the plan is considered authoritative, and candidates are beginning to announce their campaigns.

Update June 27th, 2012: The Amended Proclamation Plan has passed muster with the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Justice. It can now be considered official. The maps embedded below reflect this, and the links back to the Alaska Redistricting website have been updated.

The new plan already pits incumbents -- even those of the same party -- against one another. In one instance, two Democratic incumbents, Mike Doogan and Chris Tuck, were placed in the same House district; Doogan decided to bow out. In the new Senate District M, Rep. Anna Fairclough will be challenging the declared incumbent Sen. Bettye Davis. However, I discovered that it is a bit difficult and time-consuming to track down maps and other related information about the new districts and the candidates. This post is designed to resolve this problem.

Pertinent links:

-- Alaska Division of Elections list of legislative candidates
-- APOC list of legislative candidates
-- Alaska Redistricting Board Amended Proclamation Plan.
-- Visit Alaska Republicans and type in your address where indicated to find your district.

Legislative District Maps: Here are the series of regional maps. Note that the alphanumeric designations show the House district first and the overlying Senate district second (Example: 17-I indicates House District 17, Senate District I). Maps available after the jump:



Statewide: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom


Metro Anchorage: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom


Metro Eagle River: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom


Metro Mat-Su: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom


Metro Fairbanks: Click HERE to go to PDF if you need to zoom


Metro Southeast: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom


Metro Kenai: Click HERE to go to PDF version if you need to zoom. The small grey area around Kenai city is District 29-O

2 comments:

  1. Broken link:
    http://www.akredistricting.org/dojsubmission/Volume%2003/Folder%2004%20-%20Proclamation%20Regional%20Maps/EagleRiver.pdf

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