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Board members Torgerson, Greene, Brody in the room. McConnochie and Holm were there by phone. Chair Torgerson was talking as I sat down. The discussion seemed to be about what would happen after they submitted the changes they were making to SEast. I started trying to capture what they were saying. I think this was Torgerson Further guidance from Supreme Court when submit full plan? PeggyAnn McConnochie: If SE plan, doesnʼt comply with Constitution. 1. Try again 2. Had enough chances, appoint masters Little hard to say now. Focus on SE and drawing plan that complies with Constitution. 2 DOJ - if SE doesnʼt have Native Inﬂuence would that be a problem with DOJ. White: DOJ - werenʼt sure if needed, Hanley [Voting Rights expert] said to draw one, but since it is not effective, there doesnʼt appear to be a need for it. NOt all that settled, but we have instructions from SC to draw without considering VRA or pairing Native incumbents. Torgerson: No need for EXec. Session Agenda item 6: Adoption of SE district PeggyAnn McConnochie: Like to step in and take the ﬂoor. This has been a difﬁcult weekend for myself. We havenʼt liked the Courtʼs opinions so far. And this decision has caused great consternation. Thank Taylor for helping me to rewrite SE. I donʼt think this is fair to Alaskans, those who have only been here for 30 years and those who were born here. Torgerson: We have 5 options before us that weʼve talked about all weekend. I know you like Option A. PeggyAnn McConnochie: Weʼve been told something by Supreme Court (SC) that I think is neither right or reasonable - not considering Native districts, Native communities, etc. Map A: Fits Supreme Courtʼs standards? yes. Do I like it? Absolutely not. What DOJ will say and people here. I think Option A meets it. But Iʼm not happy. Move we adopt Plan A.
Holm: Second. Torgerson: We do have 5 options. Maybe for the record we should talk about those options. PeggyAnn McConnochie: In putting together this map. We looked at every map presented to us this year. All testimony. A map that met Constitutional requirements. We can move things around. Other maps not as compact. A puts them out of consideration. Torgerson: I want to discuss other options so people can see what we worked on. Can I have Taylor walk through Options B,C, D, and E? Bickford: Torgerson: Theyʼre out of order should have started with B. Option A takes N. Juneau out of the Borough. Option B takes S Juneau out of the Borough. Haines thru Sitka to Petersburg. 31 is N. Juneau district. 32, lost Petersburg had to pick up Wrangell and part of Prince of Wales Island. Data not on this one. any questions? Option c: Takes South Juneau out of the Borough. 31 identical with other board plans. 32 S Juneau up to Haines. Ketchikan is Borough plus Wrangell Island. Low deviation. Option D: Takes S. Juneau out of Borough. 31 is the same. Ketch + Wrangell deviations under 4%. Option E: Modiﬁed option D. Can we shorten 34? Could, but not by much 34 Haines to Craig instead of Hydaburg. Deviation 1.44% Takes N Juneau out of the Borough leads to more compact districts. Once you take S Juneau out of Borough creating not compact districts. SC told us not to consider voting rights act at all, only Constitution. There is no way to draw a comfortably compact plan of SE unless you take N. Juneau out of the Borough. None of the other plans did that. Torgerson: What we ended up with is a long corridor without applying Haines or Skagway. Proved our own drawings. Option C still has a long corridor, but still . . . Holm: Another issue would be Socio-Econ Issues. Do we have to consider that in Option A? Bickford: Defer to Mike. White: Three requirements. All contiguous - of course we have islands. 2. Compactness. Option A both visually and stats, most compact. 3. SE Integrated.
Pretty conﬁdent. In SE these plans Skagway Haines Juneau serves as the hub. Look at entire area. I donʼt think there are any issues here. PeggyAnn McConnochie: All connected by the ferry system. White: Option C would meet SE Integration. Problem there SC discussion about most compact. Compactness, my argument is up or down dichotomy. Option A is clearly the most compact. Went back and looked at all the cases in SE. Always been a long district. Always a Native district that impacted the long district - corridor. Since Native no longer a consideration, no justiﬁcation for a long district. From compactness standpoint, Option A is best. I see no constitutional issues with A. PeggyAnn McConnochie: This is the only map that meets the constitution. Iʼm not happy. I live here. This is going to cause enormous problems. But I donʼt want this thrown back in our laps. I donʼt agree that serves SE well, but I believe it will serve the constitutional requirements we are under. Torgerson: Any discussion on the motion? White: Clariﬁcation. 31 and 32 would be Sen P and 33 and 34 would be Sen Q. You are looking at truncation issues. Q will be truncated. P may have to be truncated. 5-0 Yes - PeggyAnn McConnochie ʻreluctant yes.” Motion to adopt Option A to Proclamation plan. 5-0 Torgerson: Eric has been working on these. Could be done soon. PeggyAnn McConnochie when is your plane? One hour. Bickford: Could be done now. We have some. I wasnʼt sure which Option we would adopt. Try 15 minute break. Give Taylor time to get hold of Eric. Eric will also have to do metes and bounds. Do you need that tomorrow? White: It would be nice, but I donʼt believe so. Torgerson: Back at 11:05. 11:05: Torgerson: Jim, Mr. Holm, PeggyAnn? [seeing if everyone is on the phone. PeggyAnn is, Holm isnʼt yet. Holm is there now.] Waiting for, we have some ﬁndings weʼll have to read. [I took Video tape here] Discussion of Truncation. P - Eganʼs seat, would not be truncated. But Stedman and Kookeshʼs new district would. Stedman who is in midterm
is essentially 80% the same and thus wouldnʼt need to be truncated. But Kookesh is now in that district and the district is 80% different. Passed: 5-0 [This whole discussion appears to be moot because both Sen. Stedmanʼs and Sen. Kookeshʼs terms are up in 2012 anyway.] Torgerson: Written ﬁndings and support for SE Alaska. Mr. White has prepared this, at the time we thought P would be truncated, but as analysis shows, that is not the case. Basically, the ﬁndings, the document will not be ready to adopt in ﬁnal form until later today. We can adopt this now and get the authority to me to sign it later. PeggyAnn McConnochie: Since Iʼll be on a plan, I move to give you that authority. Torgerson: Work done over the weekend, adopted by 5-0 vote. Section 4 and 5 on truncation. Page and half document. Motion and seconded to allow chair to sign the ﬁndings when completed by legal. 5-0 yeah Now, I think thatʼs all. Senate pairings, truncation taken care of. Metes and bounds you donʼt need that. White: If get by noon tomorrow. Torgerson: Something board needs to adopt. Gave GIS authority to make small adjustments as necessary. Taylor Bickford: He can start this afternoon. He can have it tomorrow morning. White: We could have a quick call in tomorrow for metes and bounds. Torgerson: If we could just approve it as long as there are no major changes. We wonʼt have PeggyAnn tomorrow. PeggyAnn McConnochie: You can have me, but up till 1 o'clock I can get out of meetings to deal with it. Taylor: Eric should be able to do metes and bounds without changing any population. Torgerson: I think we can approve it with that caveat, but if he has to make some change with population, weʼd have to do that. A motion to accept metes and bounds as long as there is no change in population. White: I donʼt see there is any issue. Just talking about description of what board has adopted. Torgerson: He has found little anomalies - wrong side of the river. Motion, we approve as long as no changes to map. PeggyAnn McConnochie: Move we approve subject to no change in population and ??? Greene: Second. Torgerson: As long as no change in boundary. Taylor Bickford: Clariﬁcation, no population change or no boundary change? Torgerson: no boundary change.
VOTE: 5-0 adopted. What else. Anything you need for your ﬁlings Mr. White? White: No. Brodie: Events for next days. White: Maps, ﬁnding, transcript done today, ﬁle tomorrow before noon. Short, simple and to the point. File tomorrow. SC has given parties until Friday to object. I expect the court will move quickly. Iʼm sure by Monday. If no one has objections. Objections only on SE districts. Have till 4:30 on Friday, so probably no decision until Monday. Should be able to ﬁle as soon as approved by Alaska Supreme Court. Brodie: Think DOJ will take 60 days? White: Given their historical timeline? Probably take most of the 60 days. Last time even though minor changes to Native districts, board still took 60 days. Torgerson: other questions? comments Brodie: Nice to get this far and this close. I appreciate the SCʼs quick ruling on the rest of the state, but a bit shortsighted on SE based on just the colors of the map. Now scrambling around to get things in by Friday. PeggyAnn McConnochie: Amen. Torgerson: Adjourned. 11:32. No offense, but I hope I donʼt see you guys again. Post meeting, but still in their seats: Torgerson; Terrible thing to say . . . Brodie: Until interim plan approved, then court will make decision to adopt the Interim Plan as the ﬁnal plan or ? White: Could approve, could kick it back and let the trial court look at it. Torgerson: Until they adopt something, the whole plan is on us????
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