The sixth article of the Alaska Constitution sets forth the procedure for reap-portioning the legislature, following decennial censuses. It is unique among the American states because it assigns the power of reapportionment to the executive and not to the legislative branch or a commission, as typically is the case in the American states. Much of Article VI has been nullified by actions of the U.S. Supreme Court. In Baker v. Carr (1962) and Reynolds v. Sims (1964), the court established the “one person, one vote” rule of apportionment. It required that the houses...
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