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Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Provides Online Redistricting Information
Posted Date: 2/21/2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Patricia Turgeon
(651) 201-1332

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Provides Online Redistricting Information

St. Paul, Minn.—February 21, 2012—The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is providing redistricting information at www.sos.state.mn.us. The online information includes:

•             State redistricting maps
•             Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
•             Redistricting timeline
•             2011 Redistricting Guide

“All Minnesotans appreciate the excellent work done by these judges who are devoted public servants,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

It is important to note that neither federal nor state candidates are required to live in the district in which they will run at this point in the election cycle.  Residency requirements for candidates differ depending on the office they seek.  State legislative candidates must reside in the district that they wish to represent by May 5, 2012 (six months before the election) and must be residents of the state for one year before the election (by November 5, 2011). Candidates for Congress do not have to ever reside in the district they seek to represent. They must be residents of the state on Election Day (by November 5, 2012), but do not have to be residents of the state before this date.

Residential address information for current legislators was provided on their affidavits of candidacy when they filed for office in 2010 including virtually all home addresses.  Please note that candidates’ residential address information is private if they opted out of that requirement for security reasons as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.06, Subd. 16, clause (c). Complete 2010 candidate filing information is available as a downloadable text file at: http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20101102/media/CandDetails.txt?t=42166.59.

Informational guides for candidates that include residency requirements and filing deadlines for major and minor parties are available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=138.

Editor’s note: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142.