Minnesota Court Issues Redistricting Maps

Minnesota Legislative Districts Statewide

A special election panel issued redistricting maps for Minnesota today. The court action is necessary because Minnesota’s Republican controlled legislature and Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) could not agree on how to draw the new lines.

The new maps are based on the last census and must make each congressional and legislative district approximately equal in population. We’ll post the maps here after 1pm and provide reaction to the new districts as people speak up about them.

Headlines from today’s redistricting:
Representatives Michele Bachman (R ) and Betty McCollum (DFL) both now live in the 4th Congressional District. Representative Bachmann says she plans to run in the 6th even though she doesn’t live there now.

Representative John Kline (R ) faces a much tougher election race than in previous elections because more of the metro area has been added to his district, nearly doubling the voting age minority population of his constituents from 7% in 2002 to 13% in 2012.

It appears the court has sided more with the DFL than the GOP in the overall plan for congressional districts. Plan has moderate changes to current lines instead of radical ones in outstate that GOP had proposed.

In the Minnesota Senate , a total of 16 incumbents are paired to face each other. 2 DFL vs DFL and 4 GOP vs GOP. 8 open seats and 2 DFL vs GOP. Incumbent MN Senate list here.

In the Minnesota House, a total of 30 incumbents are paired to face each other. 6 DFL vs DFL and 6 GOP vs GOP. 15 open seats and 3 DFL vs GOP. Incumbent MN House matchup list here.

Common Cause is giving the new maps a thumbs up. “The court should be applauded for developing these fair redistricting maps,” said Mike Dean, Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota. “The court maps are a rejection of the partisan maps proposed by the political parties and show how the redistricting process could have been gerrymandered.”

Ruling-Court Ordered Minnesota Redistricting Plan

Find what congressional district you now live in by typing your address in here. Find your new Minnesota legislative district by entering your address here.

2002 vs 2012 MN Congressional Districts in Metro Area

2002 vs 2012 MN Congressional Districts in Metro Area

MN Statewide Congressional districts 2002 vs 2012

MN Statewide Congressional districts 2002 vs 2012

Minnesota Legislative Districts Metropolitan_Area

Minnesota Legislative Districts Metropolitan_Area

Minnesota Legislative Districts Statewide

Minnesota Legislative Districts Statewide

On the court’s website, you will now find in PDF format:

a. The Panel’s orders regarding redistricting;
b. Statewide and Twin Cities area congressional district maps;
c. Statewide and Twin Cities area legislative district maps;
d. Selected maps of metro areas around Minnesota where it is impossible to discern the legislative districts from the statewide perspective; and
e. Various Maptitude reports.

The electronic redistricting plans will also be available in the form of three separate block equivalency files, one each for the congressional districts, the state senate districts, and the state house districts.

The maps the parties proposed

DFL Congressional Statewide Map
GOP Congressional Statewide Map
DFL Congressional 11 County Metro Map
Republican Congressional Metro Map

DFL Legislature Statewide Map
GOP Legislature Statewide Map
DFL Legislature 11 County Metro Map
GOP Legislature Metro Map

A third party plan -”Britton”

Michael McIntee

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