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Published May 19, 2011, 04:44 PM

Dayton Vetoes GOP-drafted Redistricting Maps

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed Republican-drafted maps for new Minnesota congressional and legislative districts, making it likely the state's once-a-decade redistricting process will end up in the courts.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed Republican-drafted maps for new Minnesota congressional and legislative districts, making it likely the state's once-a-decade redistricting process will end up in the courts.

Dayton vetoed both bills Thursday. He wrote in veto letters to Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers that he believes both fans unfairly target Democratic incumbents while protecting Republican-held seats.

Dayton also notes that he had made clear he would only sign redistricting bills that passed with bipartisan support, which was not the case with either GOP map.

GOP Rep. Sarah Anderson, who helped draw up the maps, says Dayton failed to recognize that there's more growth in areas represented by Republicans than Democrats. She says she hopes the governor and Republicans can still find consensus.

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