Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented.
Redistricting is done in the United States after the completion of Congressional reapportionment, which decides how many seats each state has in the 435 member House of Representatives. Reapportionment happens following the Decennial Census.
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. For details of laws and dates relevant to redistricting, see the Redistricting Guide produced by the Secretary of State. Minnesota House Research has produced Redistricting Publications that may also be helpful resources.
Although it does not draw any boundaries, the Secretary of State does have some specific redistricting-related responsibilities in Minnesota Statutes:
As part of the redistricting training required by statute, the Secretary of State has produced the Redistricting Guide as a detailed guide to local redistricting, and the online trainings below to help election administrators, the public, and other stakeholders understand the redistricting process in Minnesota.
Election administrators can use the Redistricting Training Completion Statement to record their training hours for certification.