In the FAQ’s, for the MN State Legislature, the following information is provided.
Representatives and Senators must be qualified voters of the state, be 21 years of age, and must have resided one year in the state. In addition, legislators must have lived the six months immediately preceding the election in the district from which they are elected.
To us this means, a Representative or Senator who chooses to move to the newly drawn boundaries of the districts for 2022, must reside in a portion of the district they currently represent or would need to resign from their current seat in order to file for the new one to meet the six-month residency requirement. This is why the filing period precedes the election by at least this length of time.
Now, granted this might not seem like an issue because of the lack enforcement of the law, but it is at least a piece of political for the campaign against the potential carpetbagger.
The court has ruled on a portion of this question and the issues of intent and establishment are in play. We refer to the case OLSON v. Loren Solberg, Intervenor for direction in this matter. Remember, Solberg slept on a couch in the new district one night which established intent.