Stay Inside The Lines: Woodbury Redrawing Precinct Boundaries
The city, following redistricting, must have its new precinct lines in place by April 3.
Just as legislative and congressional districts have been redrawn in the wake of redistricting, so too must Woodbury rework its precinct lines.
Part of the requirements for cities is that no precinct can be spread across more than legislative or congressional district, said City Clerk Kim Blaeser, who is heading up Woodbury’s effort.
Since the changes announced last month, Woodbury is now represented by just one congressional district, the Fourth, and the line between its respective House members’ districts is drawn mostly down Radio Drive.
The city tries to keep the population of each precinct—which indicates where people vote—under 3,000 voters, Blaeser said, and the lines are drawn around major physical landmarks or roads when possible.
The new precincts must be finished by April 3, Blaeser said, and there will be a council discussion of the new lines on Wednesday.
“We’re trying to minimize the changes for residents as best we can,” she said.
Really though, the new precincts won’t have much of an impact on this fall’s election for city positions. The mayor and council members serve “at large,” meaning residents don’t represent specific parts of the city, as is the case elsewhere.