Sens. Joe Paskvan and Joe Thomas told a judge they believe the state’s redistricting plan to pair the two Democratic lawmakers into the same Senate district was political gerrymandering intended to eliminate one of them, making room for a Republican. The two Fairbanks Democrats testified in court Monday during the first day of an expected two-week trial of the state’s redrawn election district lines.
The redistricting board has maintained the federal Voting Rights Act required them to violate the Alaska Constitution’s requirements for compactness and socio-economic contiguity in districts to protect Alaska Native voting power.
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