Approximately 900 Ramsey residents may be moving from ward to another.
The Ramsey City Council March 13 introduced an ordinance to move some residents of Ward 1, Precinct 1 to Ward 2, Precinct 2.
The proposed change, which will shift 884 residents to the new ward, is based on population, said Senior Planning Tim Gladhill.
Redistricting is generally done every 10 years when the U.S. Census comes out, he said.
Ramsey has a population of 23,665 according to the 2010 Census, which was released last March, Gladhill said.
That is approximately 5,155 more people than in 2000.
Once the census came out, city staff started to work to break the wards into smaller voting areas, City Clerk Jo Thieling said.
When the city first began using wards in the 2002 election, there were 11,801 registered voters, she said.
In the last election, there were 13,667 registered voters.
The city redistricted the wards to balance out the population evenly, within 10 percent, by following major roads, Gladhill said.
With the change, there will be roughly 5,900 people in each ward.
If the ordinance is adopted March 27 by the council, the area between Nowthen Boulevard, Alpine Drive, Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Ramsey Boulevard will become part of Ward 2 starting in the upcoming election.
After the new legislative boundaries were released last month, Ramsey’s redistricting also adjusted a precinct boundary to correspond with the new House District 35A.
This redistricting does not impact the current ward council representatives, said Thieling.
Residents in the new area will be receiving notification this summer.
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