Minnesota

With the support of the NDRC, Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Tim Walz won the governor’s race in 2018 with 53.9% of the vote. The NDRC also helped Democrats in Minnesota take control of the state House by flipping 14 seats. Minnesota will remain an NDRC target in 2020 — we are targeting the state Senate.

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Redistricting in Minnesota

The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Minnesota over the last 10 years.

2011

Census data delivered to Minnesota.

Republicans controlled both houses of the state legislature and drew new congressional and legislative maps.

Democratic Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the congressional and legislative gerrymandered maps drawn by the legislature.

Plaintiffs filed suit in state court to challenge the legislature’s failure to adopt new redistricting plans, and asking the court to order their drafting. The court granted their motion, but gave the legislature time to enact new maps.

The legislature ended its session without passage of new redistricting plans, prompting the Minnesota Supreme Court to appoint a judicial panel to draw new maps.

2012

A judicial panel implemented the current maps in Minnesota.

2018

With the support of the NDRC, Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Tim Walz won the governor’s race with 53.9% of the vote.

Democrats took control of the state House by flipping 14 seats.

1 Know the Decision Makers

The redistricting process is controlled by different elected officials in each state. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. Both the congressional and state legislative lines in Minnesota are drawn by:

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State House

2 Know Your State Legislature

Projected state legislature make-up starting in 2019.

Minnesota Lower Chamber
75

Democratic-held
seats

59

Republican-held
seats

Minnesota Upper Chamber
33

Democratic-held
seats

33

Republican-held
seats

1 Vacant seats

Court Cases Impacting Minnesota

The legislature failed to send Governor Dayton fair maps, so the Minnesota Supreme Court drew the congressional and state legislative maps.

Hippert v. Ritchie

Read the order for the legislative map here.

Hippert v. Ritchie

Read the order for the congressional map here.

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