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Redistricting 2020

This guide is compiled by staff at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library on a topic of interest to state legislators. It introduces the topic and points to sources for further research. It is not intended to be exhaustive. 

"The representation in both houses shall be apportioned equally throughout the different sections of the state in proportion to the population thereof. [...] At its first session after each enumeration of the inhabitants of this state made by the authority of the United States, the legislature shall have the power to prescribe the bounds of congressional and legislative districts." - Excerpt from the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, article IV.

Redistricting—the redrawing of congressional and legislative districts to balance them for equal population while meeting many other criteria—starts again in 2021, after new census data is released in late 2020. This page will be updated as the redistricting process gets underway. For more information, please see the Overview of Reapportionment and Redistrcting in Minnesota guide. 

Significant Books and Reports

Gehring, Matt. Minnesota Redistricting Process: A Historical Overview. St. Paul: Research Department, Minnesota House of Representatives, 2011. (JK6168 G44 2011)

Minnesota Secretary of State. 2011 Redistricting Guide. St. Paul, Minnesota. (JK6168 .R43 2011)

General Principles and History

See the Overview of Reapportionment and Redistricting in Minnesota guide for more reports about the history of the process.

Stangl, Alexis C., and Gehring, Matt. History of Minnesota Congressional Redistricting. St. Paul: Minnesota Legislature, Senate Counsel and Research and House Research Department, 2018. (JK1343.M6 S73 2018)

Stangl, Alexis C., and Gehring, Matt. History of Minnesota Legislative Redistricting. St. Paul: Minnesota Legislature, Senate Counsel and Research and House Research Department, 2018. (JK6168 .S73 2018)

Wattson, Peter. Districting Principles in Minnesota Courts. St. Paul: Peter S. Wattson, 2018. (JK6168 .W388 2018)

Wattson, Peter. History of Minnesota Redistricting. St. Paul: Minnesota Senate, Office of Senate Counsel and Research, 2010.

Significant Articles

(articles in reverse chronological order)

Zamarripa, Christi. "Piece by Piece: There's Still Time to Learn the Basics of Redistricting Before You Tackle the Really tough Stuff." State Legislatures, March/April 2019. 

Sturdevant, Lori. "Redistricting Reform Can't Wait; So Say Its Advocates." Star Tribune, January 28, 2019. 

Kaul, Greta. "Half of Minnesota's U.S. House Races are Competitive this Year: do we have the Courts to Thank?" MinnPost, July 9, 2018.

Liptak, Adam. "Supreme Court Sidesteps Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering." The New York Times, June 18, 2018.

Ruger, Tod. "Fiercest Fight of the Midterms May be the One for Maps: Democrats hope to Wrest Back Control of the Redistricting Process from Republicans Ahead of 2020 Census." Roll Call, May 10, 2018.

Cannon, Lou. "The Rewards and Perils of Redistricting." StateNet: Capitol Journal, March 18, 2018. 

"At least 18 states are looking into changes in the way they draw congressional and legislative districts." Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2018.

"Redistricting Reconsidered: Key U.S. Supreme Court Case, Pending Ballot Initiatives could Reshape Process used by States to Draw Political Lines." Stateline Midwest, January, 2018 pages 1, 6-7.

"Partisan Gerrymandering: Legislative Redistricting for Political Advantage." Supreme Court Debates, November 2017.

Greenblatt, Alan. "Will the U.S. Supreme Court Take a Stand Against Partisan Gerrymandering?" Governing, September 13, 2017.

"Redistricting Showdown: Should Partisan Gerrymandering be Eliminated?" CQ Researcher, August 25, 2017.

Zezima, Katie. Voters are Stripping Partisan Redistricting Power From Politicians in Anti-Gerrymandering Efforts. Washington Post. November 7, 2018.

Significant Internet Resources

Census 2020 - From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census 2020: Countdown to the Count - a redistricting resource page from the Minnesota State Demographic Center. The center analyzes and distributes data from state, U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.

Districting Principles for 2010 and Beyond -- NCSL's webpage compares districting criteria used by each state as it redrew legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census. It also includes new principles adopted by Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Utah for the 2020 cycle.

Election Dates for Legislators and Governors who do Redistricting - Information from the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

Elections & Redistricting - Minnesota House Research publications on the topic of Redistricting. 

Redistricting Reform - League of Women Voters: Minnesota web page with information on redistricting.

Historical Legislative and Congressional Maps - From the Minnesota Geographic Information Systems Office.

Redistricting - The National Conference of State Legislature's resource for information on the process, law and technology necessary for redistricting. See also their State Redistricting Commissions: State Legislative Plans page and Creation of Redistricting Commissions.  

Redistricting and the Supreme Court: The Most Significant Cases -- NCSL's overview of the most significant Supreme Court decisions on redistricting from the last five decades.

Redistricting 2020 - Information from the Minnesota Legislature's Geographic Information Systems Office.

Additional Library Resources

For newspaper articles on the topic since 2009, check our Minnesota News Archive, Redistricting/Reapportionment 73.0

For materials prior to 2009, check the following codes in the Newspaper Clipping File and the Vertical File:

A34 - Apportionment

For additional reports with a Minnesota focus available through the Legislative Reference Library, use this Library catalog search:
Apportionment (Minnesota); Redistricting (Minnesota).

For further information on redistricting see:

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