Redistricting panel to gather public input in October

A special redistricting panel of five judges will hold a series of public meetings in October to get public input on how political lines in the state should be redrawn based on 2010 census data.

The panel — appointed by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea — includes Wilhelmina Wright, as the presiding judge, along with Judges Ivy Bernhardson, James Florey, Edward Lynch and John Rodenberg.

The meetings will be held Oct. 6-14; times and locations will be announced later.

The Legislature is supposed to present a redistricting plan to Gov. Dayton for approval. Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s first attempt, and most expect that it will ultimately be decided in the courts.

The new district boundaries have to be in place well in advance of the 2012 primary elections.

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