The issue affecting the most voters is running the deepest under the radar. The Legislature is obligated to redistrict the voters of Minnesota to conform each district to the "one person - one vote" standard. But things have not been moving smoothly. The three most important dates (so far) are:
January 16, 2002 - Oral arguments on competing plans.
March 5, 2002 - Precinct caucuses (date set by statute)
March 19, 2002 - Deadline for redistricting order.
So if the parties follow the statutory date for precinct caucuses, there is no guarantee that the precinct electing delegates to the senate district convention will even be in the senate district after March 19. Does this sound like a problem? Sure, ya betcha.
I don't know what clever answer will be arrived at before the senate district conventions convene in April or May 2002. I can think of a couple that, while not perfect, can provide stopgaps until the next election cycle. Whatever gets decided upon, I hope that people will remain patient with the party volunteers who will be trying to make the process work. This time around, we'll all be learning together.
D-Zine Editor/Ward 3 DFL Chair