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In June the state Supreme Court appointed a special redistricting panel to hear testimony and decide challenges to redistricting maps. The panel has scheduled nine in-person hearings from October 11 – 21 and a Zoom hearing on October 26. Each of the in-person hearings takes place in a different location. Requests for oral presentation were due in September, but written statements will be accepted until October 29. For details about locations and how to participate, click here. While in the past court-appointed panels have helped prevent extreme gerrymandering in Minnesota like that in, for example, Wisconsin, the panel’s mandated is limited. They need to hear testimony representing the wishes of communities, especially those likely to lack representation.
On September 28, Peter Wattson explained the process of drawing new district maps based on population changes determined by the 2020 census. Responding to questions posed by journalist and author Lori Sturdevant, Wattson clarified the importance of the redistricting process, sketched its checkered history in Minnesota, explained the political pressures that drive interested legislators to distort maps in the interest of themselves and favored constituents, and described a process that could eliminate the inherent conflicts that drive legislators. The entire webinar is available on YouTube: Click here to watch. To study Peter’s Powerpoint slides click: MN Redistricting 2021-09-28 full-page color.
A handout is available here:”MN Redistricting 2021-09-28 B&W handout.
Redistricting is not only a crucial element in keeping our democracy consistent with changes in population, it has elements of drama and intrigue. Check it Wattson and Sturdevant’s excellent show. And then contact your legislator to weigh in. (See below for details on participation.)
Democracy depends on all of our efforts.
An essay about Clean Elections MN by George Beck appears in the May 2021 issue of the Minnesota League of Women Voters’ “All Member News.” Scroll down to find CEM Chair Beck’s essay in the “Partner Spotlight.” On the way there, you can stop to learn about Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May), Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, what’s up in the legislature, and other news and events. We’re proud to be in such excellent company. Want to know more about Minnesota’s League–or donate? Click here.