By Becky Bohrer
The Associated Press
11:19 AM AKDT, June 15, 2012
A federal judge has denied the request of several Alaska Natives to temporarily bar the state from implementing a new redistricting plan.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason comes one day after she heard arguments in the case.
The plaintiffs allege the state is violating the federal Voting Rights Act by moving ahead with election preparations under a new redistricting plan before the plan is "precleared," or approved, by the U.S. Department of Justice. They sought a temporary restraining order until a three-judge panel hears the case.
Gleason says the plaintiffs did not present sufficient evidence to show that, absent a restraining order, specific irreparable harm would occur before the three-judge panel meets.