How the new redistricting plan could impact you in southeast Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota’s Judicial Redistricting Panel has released its new congressional and legislative maps that will be in effect for the midterm elections.

Redistricting happens every ten years where political boundaries of the state shift to help determine elections for the next ten years.

Some of the changes from 2012 to 2022 in District 1 include the additions of Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. Le Sueur County has been moved to District 2.

"We want to make it as close to equal representation as possible so that if I live in the city or if I live in the country, basically my vote is connected to a state or a federal legislator at basically the same strength as somebody who lives in another part of the state or another part of the country," political analyst, Shane Baker, said.

This redistricting process will impact you if your district switches because now voters will have to navigate their new district lines. But, so do the state’s political parties and who will decide to run or re-run for their district.

Baker said with the redistricting, the new lines seem to be drawn more logically and include more cultural similarities.