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Dave Feldman, of the Kandiyohi County Auditor-Treasurer office, loads voting materials Monday at the county office in Willmar. Also pictured is Pam Lindemeier, center, and Trudie Guptill, who both came to Willmar to pick up the materials for today's primary election. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

West central Minnesota voters face redistricting changes for first time on primary ballot

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WILLMAR -- Voters face a variety of changes in the primary today due to redistricting required because of population changes recorded in the 2010 Census. The change may be different offices on their ballot or having to vote at a different polling place than in the 2010 election.

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The districts at the congressional, state Senate, state House, county district and city precinct levels all have gone through a redistricting process and new boundaries have been set.

If you have a question about where you should vote, visit the Secretary of State's website: mnvotes.org

Willmar

The city of Willmar's redistricting plan made five changes. In today's primary, voters in the following areas of Willmar will vote at a different location than before because of redistricting.

- 204 residents of the Sperryville neighborhood were moved from Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 3, Precinct 2. The polling place for those residents thus is changed from the Community Center to Highland Apartments.

- 298 residents on six blocks in Pleasantview Addition between Pleasantview Drive Southeast and Willmar Avenue Southeast were moved from Ward 4, Precinct 1 to Ward 4, Precinct 3. Polling place for those residents in their new precinct will change from First Baptist Church to Redeemer Lutheran Church.

- 81 residents on three blocks between Fourth Street Southwest and Seventh Street Southwest and between Grace Avenue and Robbins Avenue Southwest will shift from Ward 4, Precinct 3 to Ward 3, Precinct 3. Polling place will change from Redeemer Lutheran Church to City Auditorium.

- 79 residents on two blocks between U.S. Highway 12 and Trott Avenue Southwest and between 10th Street and 11th Street Southwest were moved from Ward 2, Precinct 1 to Ward 3, Precinct 3. Polling place will change from St. Mary's Church to the City Auditorium.

- 115 residents on six blocks between the railroad tracks and Gorton Avenue Northwest and between 10th Street and 14th Street Northwest were moved from Ward 1, Precinct 2 to Ward 2, Precinct 1. Polling place will change from Lakeview Apartments to St. Mary's Church.

The city of Willmar's redistricting plan made five changes. In today's primary, voters in the following areas of Willmar will vote at a different location than before because of redistricting.

- 204 residents of the Sperryville neighborhood were moved from Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 3, Precinct 2. The polling place for those residents thus is changed from the Community Center to Highland Apartments.

- 298 residents on six blocks in Pleasantview Addition between Pleasantview Drive Southeast and Willmar Avenue Southeast were moved from Ward 4, Precinct 1 to Ward 4, Precinct 3. Polling place for those residents in their new precinct will change from First Baptist Church to Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Kandiyohi County

The Kandiyohi County redistricting plan made one simple change: moving Willmar Township from District 2 into District 5.

Thus, Willmar Township voters will still vote in the same location, but their county board representation has changed.

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