Court panel joins Minnesota redistricting effort

The first of 10 scheduled hearings was Monday, Oct. 11, at Woodbury City Hall. The panel is also accepting written testimony.

“This participation is truly democracy in action,” said Appeals Court Judge Louise Bjorkman, the presiding judge of the redistricting panel.

The panel of five judges will establish new redistricting plans if the Legislature and governor cannot reach agreement by the statutory deadline of Feb. 15, 2022. The courts have ended up drawing maps for several decades in Minnesota.

“We intend to give the Legislature every opportunity to complete redistricting, but we also must move forward with our work so that we are prepared to act, if necessary, by Feb. 15,” Bjorkman said.

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Residents of several southeast metro communities urged the judges to keep their areas whole during the map boundary drawing. Some said they would prefer to be in a different congressional district.

Connie Sierras of Inver Grove Heights told the judges to draw boundaries that are fair.

“While we don’t have as many of the insanely drawn maps as some other states do, we still can

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