The Crow Wing County Board may have to decide where to draw the line.
The Legislature is in the process of realigning the state legislative districts across the state based on population.
Roy Luukkonen, county auditor, updated the county board Tuesday on what counties and cities will have to do if local redistricting is necessary. Luukkonen said the state will mandate jurisdictions to redraw the boundary lines if the county commissioner districts do not meet the requirements.
However, county redistricting is in question and will depend on what the Supreme Court decides in a case with Wright County and the Legislature.
Luukkonen said every 10 years, when the U.S. census is complete, state and local governments redraw elective districts so representation among districts remains as equal as possible as the population changes.
Luukkonen said if the district population is within 10 percent of the average district size the district lines do not need to be redrawn.
In Crow Wing County, District 1 has a population of 10,354 and is 6.04 percent less than the district average. This district is represented by Commissioner Dewey Tautges.
District 2 has a population of 12,572 and is 14.8 percent more than the district average. This district is represented by Commissioner Ed Larsen.
District 3 has a population of 11,106 and is .78 percent more than the district average. This district is represented by Commissioner Terry Sluss.
District 4 has a population of 10,779 and is 2.19 percent less than the district average. This district is represented by Commissioner Gil Dewes.
District 5 has a population of 10,288 and is 6.64 percent less than the district average. This district is represented by Chairman John Ferrari.
Since District 2 is not within the 10 percent of the average population, the county would have to redraw the lines.
"There is no easy plan," said Luukkonen. "But there are many opportunities."
Luukkonen said one plan could be to have Mission Township be part of District 5 instead of District 2 to bring down the population in Larsen's district. Another option would be to split Davenport Township into two precincts.
Whatever changes the county board makes to the boundary lines will affect elections in November. Luukkonen said if a commissioner's district has a change in its boundary lines, the commissioner's seat would be up for re-election if the total shift in constituency is greater than 5 percent.
Commissioner seats for District 2 and 4 are up for election this year.
Once the courts make a decision and the legislative boundaries are completed the county will have 80 days or until May 28, whichever comes first, to redraw its lines.
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