The Legislature has until Feb. 15 to approve redistricting maps. Cities must then redistrict precincts and wards by March 26.
The Minnesota Senate GOP majority has released its legislative and congressional redistricting plans, introduced by Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks), chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee.
The plans are now available to view online, along with the proposals from the House and the plans submitted to the Minnesota courts.
The deadline for congressional and legislative redistricting is Feb. 15. This leaves the Legislature — which convenes for the 2022 session on Jan. 31 — little time to agree on redistricting maps.
Special court-appointed panel
In the event the Legislature does not meet the deadline, the Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed a special redistricting panel to hear and decide challenges to the validity of state legislative and congressional districts based on the 2020 census.
The court panel has received four sets of maps for consideration, and it heard oral arguments for the maps on Jan. 4.
Timeline for redistricting
The following deadlines have been established for redistricting:
- Deadline for enactment of new congressional and legislative districts: Feb. 15, 2022.
- Deadline for reestablishment or redistricting of municipal precincts and wards, where applicable: March 26, 2022 (or within 60 days following completion of legislative districts).
- Deadline for designating polling places for each precinct: March 26, 2022 (or within 30 days following the establishment of precincts).
- Date of the state primary election utilizing the newly drawn districts: Aug. 9, 2022.
City responsibilities for redistricting
City governments must reestablish all precincts and polling places after state redistricting. Cities with wards must redistrict ward boundaries to reflect 2020 census population data.
- View a recording of the League’s webinar: Redistricting Precincts and Wards
- Read previous LMC article: City responsibilities related to redistricting