Following the federal census every 10 years, all 50 states begin the process of redistricting. The Minnesota State Legislature is responsible for redistricting Minnesota's congressional districts, Minnesota Senate and House districts and Metropolitan Council districts. Once complete, the City of Fridley is responsible for redrawing its election districts to reestablish ward and precinct boundaries.
Redistricting at the city level must be complete by March 29, 2022. New ward and precinct boundaries will be in effect for the State Primary on August 9, 2022.
Updates to the City's redistricting process will be added to this page.
As cities develop and change, the populations in their various election districts may become unbalanced. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts with the goal of providing equal community representation.
City Redistricting Responsibilities
City governments must reestablish all precincts after the State has finalized its redistricting plan. Cities have the option to reconfirm existing precinct boundaries, or they may choose to rewrite, or realign precincts for various reasons. Cities with wards must redistrict ward boundaries to ensure compliance with ward population equality and other legal requirements.
Defining Wards and Precincts
Wards are portions of a city represented by a specific elected official on the City Council and must be as equal in population as possible. Approximately 70 cities in Minnesota elect councilmembers by ward, including Fridley. Composed of a Mayor and four councilmembers, the Fridley City Council includes one member-at-large, while the other three are elected from the City's three wards.
Different from wards, precincts are geographical areas used for elections – and help determine where a resident votes, and who and what is on a voter's ballot. Votes are tallied and reported by precincts throughout the country.
Redistricting Project Files
Municipal redistricting is a cooperative effort by the Fridley City Council, City staff, the City Attorney, and the Anoka County Elections Division. The below files are project-related items that have been considered by the Fridley City Council for redistricting.
Ordinance No. 1401 Amending the Fridley City Code Chapter 1, Legislative Body, Pertaining to Ward and Precinct Boundaries (March 14, 2022)
Proposed Redistricting Plan Map (March 14, 2022)
Proposed Redistricting Plan presented at the City Council Conference Meeting (February 28, 2022)
Proposed Redistricting Plan Map (February 28, 2022)
If you have any questions about the City's redistricting process, please contact the City Clerk's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (763) 572-3523.