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Published March 12, 2012, 10:23 PM

Moorhead passes first reading of redistricting plan

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The first reading for the new ward redistricting in Moorhead passed by a vote of 6-1 at tonight's city council meeting, but not without some protest.

The first reading for the new ward redistricting in Moorhead passed by a vote of 6-1 at tonight's city council meeting, but not without some protest.

Moorhead was forced to begin the redistricting process last month once the state of Minnesota updated its congressional and legislative maps, and with significant population growth and change there are some major differences in the proposed new districts.

Polling sites would increase from 11 to 12. There will be a site added at MSUM campus, giving students an easier chance to vote.

With the new plan the number of precincts would increase from 13 to 14, requiring the purchasing of new polling equipment at a cost of more than $10,000.

The three people who spoke in protest were all part of the Comstock Neighborhood. The area west of 8th street between 7th and 3rd Avenue South would change from the 2nd Ward to the 3rd Ward.

Donna McMaster – Lives in Comstock Neighborhood: “We would like to keep the council representatives that we elected. It's like, we brought them to the dance, and we want to dance with them.

Mike Hulett Ward 3 Council Member: “Everyone up here is very much in-tune with the historic Comstock neighborhood and all of us, I think, stand together.”

There will be a public hearing next Monday, the 19th for the council to receive additional public comment. The city would then formally adopt a redistricting plan after the second reading at the March 27th Council meeting.

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