May 10, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 19

High court to hear redistricting petition

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Thursday on whether a redistricting plan that sparked a legal fight should be used for this year's elections.

The Alaska Redistricting Board petitioned the court to have the plan, with some changes, used. An attorney for the board has said there's insufficient time for a new plan to clear all necessary hurdles in time for the elections.

The board drafted a new plan but it was rejected by a lower court judge. The board appealed that decision. Taylor Bickford, the board's executive director, says he expects the supreme court to hear arguments on that issue, too, Thursday.

The candidate filing deadline is June 1. The state Division of Elections has said it needs a valid plan in place by Monday.

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