After every federal census, the Minneapolis Charter Commission is required by Article II of the City Charter to redraw the boundaries that make up the 13 City Council wards and the six park districts. The Commission and its committees have held public meetings since early last year to create and communicate the new maps. The City Clerk’s Office and other City departments have provided administrative and technical support for the redistricting project. Links to the proposed maps are below:
The new boundaries were drawn with the goal of making the populations equal, while minimizing changes to the existing boundaries and considering communities of interest wherever possible. The primary goal of redistricting is ensuring fair political representation – “one person, one vote.” The Charter Commission is scheduled to approve the maps at its meeting on March 2.
Article II of the Charter also requires inviting comments from each neighborhood organization recognized by the City Council before two of the four mandatory public hearings. The final hearings are scheduled for
- Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm, and
- Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 pm.
The hearings are public and can be watched in real time on the City’s website, the City’s YouTube Channel, or on Comcast channels 14 or 799. Those wishing to speak at the hearings can register at the City’s website. Interested parties can also make comments about the maps for the public record.
For a comprehensive overview of the redistricting project, browse the redistricting website.
Gregory Munson, Program Assistant – Redistricting Project Manager