Parties to argue over principles in Minnesota map case

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Oct 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A special court panel is hearing arguments about what matters most in the complex but important process of redrawing Minnesota's political boundaries.

Lawyers for political parties were ready to make their case Wednesday about principles that should guide the process.

It's part of a process for remaking political maps to conform with population shifts detected by the census. The courts are expected to play the dominant role in deciding what the maps look like because a divided state government hasn't arrived at a negotiated deal.

The goal is to make all congressional and legislative districts roughly equal in population size, but the process can affect which party has the upper hand in future elections.

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