April 26, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 17

Redistricting board plans appeal

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Redistricting Board plans to appeal a judge's rejection of its second stab at redrawing the state's legislative boundaries.

Executive Director Taylor Bickford says the board also plans to ask the Alaska Supreme Court to approve the new plan, though he says it’s not clear how likely that will be. As a back-up, the board authorized its attorneys to draft a petition seeking to use its first plan for this year's elections.

The high court allowed for that option earlier in sending the first plan back to the board for additional work. The court said that if the board couldn't draft a plan that complies with its order in time for this year's elections, it could petition to have the elections conducted under the plan as an interim plan.

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