Watch the November 16 Evening Meeting: Election 2022 - What Happened?
Pearson, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, specializes in American politics and focuses her research on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. She is working on a new book project, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, analyzing congresswomen's pursuit of power in a partisan era.
Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, congressional and legislative district lines are redrawn throughout the U.S. in a process called redistricting. New maps for Minnesota were published on February 15, 2022. Peter S. Wattson, the lead counsel of a lawsuit to ensure fair new districts in Minnesota, spoke to LWVE on Feb 28. Wattson explained what just happened in Minnesota: the process used to adopt new maps in Minnesota; what guided the Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel in deciding where the new boundaries should be; the timetable for adopting new precincts, wards, and local government boundaries that fit within the new congressional and legislative districts; and which new districts are likely to be most competitive. The slides from the presentation and maps ⬇️ are now available for viewing.