New political maps available at 1 p.m. Tuesday

A five-judge Minnesota panel plans to release new congressional and legislative district maps at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The courts earlier had refused to announce a release date, but on Monday said the maps will be available at www.mncourts.gov under a “special redistricting panel” link.

Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea established the judicial panel last year in case the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton did not agree on a redistricting plan. Republicans who controlled the Legislature passed a plan last year, which Dayton vetoed, and there has been no work on a new plan this year.

The courts say the Web site will include:

– The panel’s orders regarding redistricting.

– Statewide and Twin Cities area congressional district maps.

– Statewide and Twin Cities area legislative district maps.

– Select maps of metro areas around Minnesota where it is impossible to discern the legislative districts from the statewide maps.

– Various reports compatible with Maptitude software.

Within a week, reports also will be available in the State Law Library in St. Paul and each county law library.

Redistricting is required by two U.S. Supreme Court cases and a provision in the Minnesota Constitution that require elected officials’ districts to contain the same number of people. New maps are drawn every 10 years following the national census.

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