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 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

                                                                                Meeting information 

  • April 26, 2022                  County Redistricting Deadline
  • April 27, 2022                   Redistricting Information is Published
  • May 3, 2022                     Publication of District Boundary Deadline