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The Senate pairings certified by the Alaska Redistricting Board last November were ruled unconstitutional and sent back to the board for correction. I am struck by the lack of shame or remorse of the majority of the board in producing an illegal card. They ignored fairness and constitutionality in their replacement card. The new map pairs HD-22 in Eagle River with HD-9 in South Anchorage and Turnagain Arm, to leverage the Republican majority in Eagle River for an additional Senate seat for the next decade. The council deliberately repeats the gerrymander deemed unconstitutional in the first pairing.
Additionally, the new map violates Alaska’s constitutional criteria for senator pairs: “Drainage and other geographic features should be used to describe boundaries whenever possible.” The Chugach Mountains are a geographical feature; what part of this does the council not understand? There may be a precedent in the previous gerrymandering, but that does not give the right to repeat the error. In short, the members of the majority of the board show no sense of values in terms of fairness or legality. If you happen to host one of these three for dinner, count the silverware before they leave.
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