Oak Grove approves precinct changes

Oak Grove voters will want to double check their polling location before voting in 2012.

Oak Grove precinct map. Map courtesy of the city of Oak Grove

Oak Grove precinct map. Map courtesy of the city of Oak Grove

That’s because the city has established a fourth precinct following redistricting.

Following redistricting by the state, the city has a split legislative district. The city is now in U.S. Congressional District 6, Minnesota House districts 31 A and 31B and Minnesota Senate District 31.

Under law, a precinct cannot cross legislative districts. Their boundaries must also follow visible, clearly recognizable physical features.

According to information provided by City Clerk Sherry Fiskewold, staff worked with the city’s GIS consultant in analyzing and calculating possible precinct boundaries “taking into consideration potential polling locations as well as current population figures.”

The newly-created fourth precinct will allow the city to meet that requirement.

The fourth precinct would encompass the southern portion of the city from Viking Boulevard to the city’s southern border. Voters will cast their ballots at the Oak Grove Senior Center, 19900 Nightingale St. N.W.

Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will have the same east-west borders as previously.

Precinct 1 will include voters living north of Viking Boulevard, east of County Road 9 and west of Nightingale and Raven streets. Voters will continue to cast their ballots at Oak Grove City Hall, 19900 Nightingale St. N.W.

Precinct 2 includes voters who live north of Viking Boulevard and west of County Road 9. Voters will cast their ballots at Abundant Life Church, 3840 197th Ave. N.W.

Precinct 3 includes voters living north of Viking Boulevard and east of Nightingale and Raven streets. Voters will cast their ballots at the Public Works Garage, 815 Viking Blvd. N.W.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com


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