What is Redistricting?

The Minnesota Secretary of State identifies redistricting as the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. It is done in the United States after the completion of Congressional reapportionment, which decides how many seats each state has in the 435 member House of Representatives. Reapportionment happens following the Decennial Census.

In Minnesota, the state legislature has constitutional responsibility for redistricting Minnesota's Congressional districts, as well as Minnesota Senate and House districts, and Metropolitan Council districts. Local governments are responsible for redistricting other election districts:

  • County boards are responsible for redistricting county commissioner districts
  • City councils are responsible for redistricting city wards
  • School boards are responsible for redistricting board member districts

During the redistricting time period, cities and townships will establish (or reestablish) their precinct boundaries as part of the redistricting process, as will counties that have unorganized territory. 

Goodhue County Commissioner Redistricting Timeline

Step 1 

U.S. Census is completed and the state redraws its boundaries

Step 2

Municipal redistricting completed by March 29, 2022

Step 3

Publish notice of intent to redistrict county commissioner districts by April 5, 2022

Step 4

County board may receive public input on county commissioner redistricting

Step 5

Draft and approve a county commissioner redistricting plan by April 26, 2022

step 6

Submit commissioner district boundary information to the Secretary of State and publish a notice in the newspaper by May 3, 2022