Redistricting occurs every 10 years and takes places after the Census. Every state and its municipalities are required by the U.S. Constitution to redraw their districts based on the results of the Census to achieve “one person one vote.” Our role is as part of a nonprofit, civic coalition that is working for transparency and a solution that serves all people, not partisan preferences.
Redistricting & Nonprofits
Nonprofits have a critical role to promote community participation and build power. Redistricting is about equity and inclusion and making sure that there is fair political representation and distribution of resources. We are all stronger when our democracy is strong. We are all stronger when communities are using their voice and power to help shape and change the systems that impact them every day – especially communities that have been historically disenfranchised.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is an active member of Our Maps MN campaign and will be playing a role in organizing and mobilizing. MCN will be engaging stakeholders across the state to talk about redistricting and why it matters, map BIPOC and other communities of interest, and advocate that community maps influence the legislative and legal process.
How can your nonprofits get involved?
MN House Research released two timelines for the redistricting process. The first, default statutory procedure, is a timeline without any court involvement. The second timeline is an alternative redistricting scenario with court involvement. Minnesota has relied on the courts to finalize maps since the 1970s. It is possible that the legislature could pass a redistricting plan without it going to the courts.
Court Involvement: Under this scenario, the legislature attempts to draw and enact legislative and congressional redistricting plans, but the plans either fail to be approved by the legislature, or are vetoed by the governor. This scenario largely reflects the procedure that played out in the 2010 and 2000 redistricting cycles. For the 2020 cycle, the Minnesota Supreme Court could decide to change the court process compared to that outlined here.