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Minnesota Redistricted – Evening Event

Monday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Headshot of Peter Wattson, JD

Our speaker will be Peter Wattson, J.D., Redistricting Consultant and lead plaintiff, Wattson v. Simon.

An update on the case by Esq. Wattson:

On December 17, we filed our response to the other parties’ plans. The responses are on the Panel’s website on the tab “Submissions Filed in A21-0243.” Each of the four parties filed hundreds of pages of memos, affidavits, maps, and reports relating to their responses. It is quite a challenge to wade through, even for me, so don’t feel any obligation to look. Each party said it liked its own plans better than the plans of the other parties.

On December 28, the Panel issued an order that gave more details about tomorrow’s argument. It encouraged the parties to prepare “visual presentations to supplement their oral arguments” and required them to file their “electronic visual presentations” with the Panel by noon today. We have done that. The presentations won’t be public until the argument. I think we’ll see a lot of maps (some better than others).

Peter Callaghan has an excellent article in MinnPost [on Jan 3, 2022] setting the stage for the argument. (On Jan 1, 2022 Briana Bierschbach had an article in the Star Tribune on the use of sophisticated computers to draw maps that humans can’t.)

After tomorrow [Jan 3, 2022], I don’t expect any other developments in the case until the Panel announces its plans, presumably at 1 p.m. on February 15 [2022].

Thank you for your continuing support for fair redistricting in Minnesota.

Peter S. Wattson



Monday, February 28
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