ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — By the end of this week, Minnesota’s political parties must show what they want the state’s congressional and districts to look like.

They have until Friday to present a special court panel with their ideal maps. The court is overseeing the politically charged process because there hasn’t been consensus within state government.

Redistricting happens once a decade as a way to account for population shifts. The goal is to come up with eight congressional districts with roughly the same number of people and 201 like-sized legislative districts.

Until now, Democrats haven’t publicly put on paper their preferred outcome.

Republicans offered maps during the 2010 legislative session. They were vetoed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

The court expects to issue its mapmaking decision in February.

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Comments (4)
  1. Murph says:

    Do it in a way fair for EVERYONE this ” + ” should be what it looks like and then let the freeloaders scramble to see who wins those districts.The rest of them can then revert to mugging senior citizens and the poor on the streets where most politicians belong instead of on a government gravy train!

  2. See BS says:

    I think they should use the map made by the State Legislature, but make some corrections for the democrats and let them keep a few of their strongholds.

    Unless the map made by the State Legislature has a problem with population sizes only in each district — the court is out of order.

    1. No BS says:

      Didn’t you realize the case is with the courts because Republicans commenced the litigation?