Minnesota Courts Release Final Redistricting Maps

February 15, 2022

Cities must establish or reestablish election precincts, designate polling places, and, where applicable, confirm or redefine ward districts by March 29.

A panel of Minnesota judges has released the long-anticipated congressional and legislative district maps to be in place for the next decade.

Every 10 years, the Legislature is charged with redrawing the state’s maps to reflect population shifts from the decennial census. Over the past several months, it had yet to be seen if the Legislature would meet its statutory deadline of Feb. 15 to complete redistricting. Since legislators failed to reach an agreement, a panel of Minnesota judges has stepped in to create new maps, which are now available.

See how it affects your city’s districts

These maps could impact which districts overlay your city. Cities are encouraged to see how their congressional and legislative districts may have changed.

Regardless of how the redistricting affects your city, though, your representation will stay the same until the next election. The new legislative and congressional maps will be in effect for the 2022 election cycle and will undoubtedly have large impacts on statewide races. With many members already announcing retirement, and more likely to come with the new district maps in place, the legislative landscape could be significantly different for the next biennium.

Legislative attempts at redistricting

In the interim before the 2022 legislative session, both the House and Senate Redistricting committees held hearings across the state to gather input on the redistricting process. Redistricting proposals were introduced by Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown), Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), and Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks).

Since the Legislature reconvened for session on Jan. 31, there have been no additional committee hearings or floor discussions regarding the redistricting proposals, ultimately leaving the task to the courts.

The court process

It is not unusual for the courts to complete redistricting. In fact, redistricting has been completed by the courts every decade for the past 50 years.

A panel of five judges appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court held hearings over the past several months to prepare for redistricting in the event that the Legislature failed to meet its deadline. The court panel received four sets of maps for consideration and heard oral arguments for the maps on Jan. 4.

City responsibilities for redistricting

Now that statewide redistricting has been completed, cities must establish or reestablish election precincts, designate polling places, and, where applicable, confirm or redefine ward districts by March 29. If you have questions about local redistricting, contact the following League staff members:

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