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 Tentative Timeline
- September 7, 2021 Redistricting Introduction Presentation
- January 18, 2022 Redistricting Preliminary Options Presentation
- February 15, 2022 Legislative Redistricting (intended deadline)
- March 9, 2022 Notice of Intent to Redistrict is Published
- March 28, 2022 Deadline for the Public to Submit a Plan
- March 29, 2022 Precinct & Ward Redistricting Deadline
- April 5, 2022 Public Comment Meeting & Approval of County Redistricting Plan
- April 26, 2022 County Redistricting Deadline
- April 27, 2022 Redistricting Information is Published
- May 3, 2022 Publication of District Boundary Deadline