Second Ward, Minneapolis

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Redistricting

The Charter Commission has voted to put a question on this fall’s ballot that will, if passed by the voters, do away with the Redistricting Commission and empower the Charter Commission to draw Ward boundaries.


I understand that there are some significant concerns being raised by good government groups such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, about both the criteria that will be used to draw ward boundaries and the transparency of the process that will be followed. I am working with the City Attorney’s Office to see if there is any way for the Council to set these criteria by ordinance.


While I do not believe the Charter amendment as proposed is perfect, it is an improvement over the Redistricting Commission process, which allowed a small group of unelected, unaccountable party insiders to draw maps based on an overtly politicized process.

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