Redistricting Process

Key Dates

  • Public viewing and Input on County Commissioner Redistricting Plan (Link), available online or in person by visiting the Brown County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, open Monday – Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm
  • April 19, 2022 – Public Hearing at 9:05 am, followed by Adoption of redistricted County Commissioner Districts
  • April 26, 2022 – Last day to complete County Redistricting
  • May 3, 2022 – Deadline to file Adopted County Commissioner Districts with the Office of the Secretary of State
  • May 3, 2022 – Last day to publish Congressional, Legislative and Commissioner District Maps
  • May 8, 2022 – Candidates must establish residency
  • May 10, 2022 – Last day to appeal redistricting plan
  • May 17, 2022 - May 31, 2022 – Candidate filing period for Brown County Attorney, Sheriff, and Commissioner Districts 2, 4, and 5; and Brown Soil Water Conservation Districts 2, 3, and 5
  • July 15, 2022 – Deadline to Send Postal Verification Cards (PVC) to notify voters of changes

Redistrict Process Overview

Redistricting...

  • Is the process of redrawing boundaries of election districts
  • Is completed every 10 years in conjunction with completion of the Census
  • Ensures people are equally represented: one person, one vote

Who is Involved...

  • Legislature: congressional and legislative districts
  • County Board: commissioner districts
  • City Council: (wards) and precincts
  • Township Board: precincts
  • School Board: school election districts (if utilized)

County Commissioner District Requirements

County commissioner districts must be drawn to meet statutory requirements (M.S. 375.025, subd. 1). These requirements influence the geography of the area the county commissioner districts cover. These requirements include:

  • Each county is divided into as many districts as there are members of the board of commissioners,
  • Commissioner districts are bounded by precinct lines (which may also correspond with town, municipal, and ward boundaries),
  • Commissioner districts are composed of contiguous territory,
  • Commissioner districts are to be as regular and compact in form as practicable, and
  • District populations cannot vary more than ten percent from the average.

M.S. 375.025, subd.1 requires county commissioner districts be redistricted if:

  • Any county commissioner district boundaries are no longer on precinct or ward boundaries
  • Any county commissioner district is no longer contiguous
  • Any county commissioner district varies in population more than ten percent (10%) from the average of all districts in the county, unless the result forces a voting precinct to be split
  • A majority of the least populous districts contain less than a majority of the population of the county
  • Commissioner districts are not as equal in population as possible (considering that they must be compact and as regular in form as practicable while bounded by town, municipal, ward, or precinct boundaries).

M.S. 375.025, subd.4 requires that following redistricting, the Commissioner Districts terms must be staggered.

  • Districts 1 and 3 – continuation of current term (Term 2021-2024)
  • District 2 – up for election due to change in population from redistricting (Term 2023-2026)
  • Districts 4 and 5 – up for election due to expiration of term (Term 2023-2026).

Additional Resources

Contact Auditor-Treasurer Office

General

Brown County Courthouse
14 S State Street
PO Box 115
New Ulm, MN 56073-0115

Located on the 2nd floor, Rm 206
Hours: 8 am – 4:30pm Weekdays

Telephone: (507) 233-6613
Fax: (507) 359-1430

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Elections

Telephone: (507) 233-6614

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