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Final Alaska redistricting plan goes to Justice Department

August 11th, 2011 | Alaska Newspapers Staff Print this article   Email this article  

Alaska's redistricting board submitted its final redistricting plan to the Justice Department today, with a request for preclearance of that plan 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 Justice Department to ensure that the proposed changes are free from discriminatory purpose and will not result in retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respet to their exercise of the electoral franchise.

Alaskans interested in reviewing the materials submitted to the federal agency will find a complete electronic copy of the submission on the board's website at

The document and all its attachments are also available at the Alaska Redistricting Office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Public comment is encouraged as soon as possible. The Justice Department has at least 60 days after receiving the board's submission to evaluate the plan and make a decision.


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