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ENEWS: Redistricting & MN Equity Blueprint in Brookings report

Date Published: 09/30/2021

Author: Erin Wilson

MN Equity Blueprint lauded in Brookings report

The MN Equity Blueprint, co-created by G & J and OneMN.org alongside hundreds of rural and urban partners statewide, is featured this month in a new report, State resilience and recovery: Strategies to reduce inequality and promote prosperity by creating better places, published by the Brookings Institute. (See pages 23 & 26 of the report for the Blueprint shout-out). 

The collaborative process of the rural and urban community members working together as the Thriving by Design Rural & Urban Together network to co-create the Blueprint (a 3-year investment funded by The Blandin Foundation and The McKnight Foundation 2018-2020) is highlighted as a best practice in promoting collaboration. According to a note we received from the report's author, that part of the report "is getting more attention than any other part, even from federal funders who want to support more of these collaborative efforts."

Please help keep the collaboration going. The MN Equity Map is one significant way we are trying to continue sharing community equity and inclusion ideas and initiatives and connect people doing that critical work. Please add your equity stories at https://www.growthandjustice.org/mnequitymap

The beginning of redistricting processes 

The state legislature’s process of redrawing political maps is now starting in Minnesota. Usually this process would have begun last April, but the U.S. Census Bureau pushed back the release date of important data used for mapping. Maps are required to be finished by February 15. You can read more about this in an article from the Star Tribune. As an example of how current map redrawing can be used to diminish the votes of different demographics, read “Texas GOP lawmakers’ redistricting map protects congressional incumbents while avoiding a new Latino-majority seat” in the Washington Post.  

Minnesota redistricting resources

On the Minnesota Secretary of State website, you can find an explanation of our state’s redistricting process as well as a 2021 Redistricting Guide for information, laws, and dates concerning local redistricting. There is also this list of redistricting publications from Minnesota House Research.  

Check out this interactive map and article from the Washington Post showing how redistricting works in each state. You can see which political party (or parties) control how the state’s districts are drawn and read about changes from previous redistricting cycles and constraints for map-drawers. 

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"In Minnesota, the state legislature has constitutional responsibility for redistricting Minnesota's Congressional districts, as well as Minnesota Senate and House districts, and Metropolitan Council districts. Local governments are responsible for redistricting other election districts… In addition, during the redistricting time period, cities and townships will establish (or reestablish) their precinct boundaries as part of the redistricting process, as will counties that have unorganized territory.” — MN Secretary of State webpage on redistricting 


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