Minnesota

While Minnesota generally votes Democratic at the presidential level, Republicans held both chambers until this election cycle. We elected Democratic-Farmer-Labor Tim Walz as governor and flipped the Minnesota House by gaining 19 seats. 

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How Redistricting Happened 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

Voters elected Tim Walz to the governor's mansion and flipped the House by gaining 19 seats. This government will properly enforce and draw fair state and congressional lines.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

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

Minnesota Lower Chamber
75

Democratic-held
seats

59

Republican-held
seats

Minnesota Upper Chamber
33

Democratic-held
seats

34

Republican-held
seats

4 Vote

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.

Get Involved in Minnesota Today

The fight to fix gerrymandering is right now—and we need your help in Minnesota! Here’s what you can do:

Join Organizing for ‘18

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Organizing for Action (OFA) launched a partnership to build a more fair democracy by strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives that will be critical in determining how maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Join a Local OFA Chapter

Alongside the National Redistricting Action Fund (an NDRC affiliate), OFA is engaging with activists and volunteers to help educate people about gerrymandering and involve them in the process of fixing a badly rigged political system.

Attend Events Near You

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and MobilizeAmerica have teamed up to bring you the highest-impact volunteer opportunities in Minnesota to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket — and bring an end to Republican gerrymandering.

You can register to vote for the general election in Minnesota up until .

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