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Our View: Force bipartisan redistricting

Under the Minnesota Constitution, the Legislature is charged with redrawing legislative district lines. The process is almost too political for the politicians, and has ended up in court more than once. Last time, the courts were avoided when Rep...

Under the Minnesota Constitution, the Legislature is charged with redrawing legislative district lines. The process is almost too political for the politicians, and has ended up in court more than once. Last time, the courts were avoided when Republican Gov. Arne Carlson did not get around to vetoing the DFL dream plan in the time allotted for vetoing.
A few months from now, when the new census totals are released, the Legislature will try again.
We have a suggestion that will encourage bipartisanship and force the lawmakers to be relatively fair.
The Republicans control the Minnesota House of Representatives and the DFL controls the Senate. The parties should alternate designing Senate districts. Since each Senate district contains two House districts, then the other party would draw the line within the Senate district to create two House districts.
The designing of districts should first be done in the four corners of the state. After that, districts could only be drawn that are contiguous to at least one of the new districts. It would become a giant chess match.
If one party becomes too partisan, the other party could give it back in spades. They both know that. There is no fairer way.

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