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Alaska Redistricting Board Officially Submits Final Redistricting Plan to U.S. Department of Justice 


August 12, 2011

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - The Alaska Redistricting Board on Thursday submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) a request for preclearance of its final redistricting plan under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires that certain states - including Alaska - submit changes to their electoral processes and redistricting plans for preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that the proposed change is free from discriminatory purpose and will not result in retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their exercise of the electoral franchise.  

Citizens interested in reviewing the materials submitted to the DOJ can do so at the Alaska Redistricting Office, 411 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.  A complete electronic copy of the submission, including the submission statement and multiple volumes of attachments, can be accessed through the Board's webiste at

Citizens wishing to provide comment to the DOJ regarding the Board's preclearance submission should do so in writing and mail the comments to:

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
United States Department of Justice
Room 7254-NWB
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

The envelope and first page should be marked:  "Comment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act."

The public is encouraged to comment as soon as possible.  The U.S. Department of Justice has at least 60 days after receiving the Board's submission to evaluate the plan and make a decision.  


On the Web:

Electronic copy of DOJ submission statement and multiple volumes of attachments



Source of News: 

Alaska Redistricting Board


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