The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

New election map is not yet clear

Redistricting board finalizing new election lines

 

Source: Alaska Redistricting Board

The new statewide map of house districts approved by the Alaska Redistricting Board.

Alaskans are keeping close tabs on the redistricting process after the Alaska Redistricting Board unfolded its latest map of voting districts.

The board was ordered to redraw the lines by the Alaska Supreme Court which found the original map did not comply with the state’s constitution. The newest map keeps Valdez in House District 6, the same district as the rejected map, but appears to exclude Eielson Air Force Base, which was included in the first District 6 map that was rejected by the court.

“We may lose Eielson, the way they’ve drawn the lines here,” said Sheri Pierce, Valdez city clerk, who is also responsible for holding all elections within the city. “The more detailed maps will come back on Thursday.”

The new District 6 includes Chickaloon in the Mat-Su Borough, which means Rep. Eric Feige will still represent Valdez in the legislature. The senate district lines were not available as the Valdez Star went to press. Valdez is currently represented in the State Senate by Sen. John Coghill of North Pole. Coghill’s senate seat boundaries are in question.

Source: Alaska Redistricting Board

Valdez will be in District 6 if the new voting map is approved by the board.

The new maps must pass the scrutiny of the state’s Supreme Court and then a review by the Dept. of Justice. Candidates for statewide office and election officials are hoping the process can be completed before June 1, the deadline to file the needed paperwork to run for either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

“They may be looking at moving the June 1, date out,” Pierce said in a report to the Valdez City Council Monday night.

Until the maps are finalized, it will be impossible for some candidates to know exactly which districts they live in, and who they are running to represent.

Senate districts are created by combining two house districts, which in turn elect a single candidate to the legislature.

 

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