Opportunities for Public Input on New Ward Boundaries
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. This process begins once the federal census is completed every 10 years. Using data from the 2020 Census, new boundaries will be determined that reflect population growth and shifts over the past decade and create new boundaries so each district has approximately the same number of people. After redistricting is complete for Minnesota's Congressional, Senate and House districts, local governments are responsible for redistricting the remaining election districts, such as county commissioners, school boards, and city council wards. Redistricting at the city level must be complete by March 29, 2022. New ward and precinct boundaries will be in effect for the state primary election in August.
At their March 7 meeting, the City Council selected one preferred option and two alternate options for revised ward boundaries. Those options are outlined in the public comment survey. The City Council would like to hear your input on the proposed boundaries.
The City has prepared a redistricting webpage to allow residents to explore the proposed ward boundary changes, learn about the redistricting process, time table, and data used to present the proposed boundaries. Interactive slider maps allow residents to see side-by-side comparisons of census data and current and proposed wards. Residents can also use the interactive map to search by address and learn where their new polling place is being proposed.
Please take a moment to share your input which will be shared with City Council at the March 21 meeting by visiting BlaineMN.gov/Redistricting.