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Polling location changes approved by council

Woodbury residents in three precincts will have to cast their ballots in new polling locations this year.

During the April 13 meeting, the Woodbury City Council approved changes to polling locations for residents who live in precincts 1, 8 and 9A. The changes will be in effect for the upcoming Aug. 8 primary election, and the Nov. 8 general election, according to Woodbury City Clerk Kim Blaeser.

The changes are due, in part, to the voting populations that report to the various polling places.

Precinct 1 will move from its former polling location at Woodbury Middle School to Woodbury Baptist Church, 6695 Upper Afton Road. The move is necessitated because the location at WMS was difficult for voters to access, according to Blaeser. The school is also refinishing the gymnasium floors, which makes the gym unusable.

Precinct 8's polling location will be moved from Peace of Mind Early Education Center to St. John Lutheran Church, 1975 St. Johns Drive. The change is necessitated because there have been changes in the Peace of Mind facility and, Blaeser wrote in her memo to council, "the voters of this precinct would be better served at St. John Lutheran Church."

Previous to these changes, St. John Lutheran Church had been the polling place for Precinct 9A. However, according to Blaeser, Precinct 9A's polls are being moved to Eagle Brook Church because the number of registered voters in 9A exceeds 3,000. Eagle Brook Church, located at 11125 Eastview Road, will be able to better serve the voters in both parking spaces and room size.

Changes in polling locations does not happen frequently; rather, Blaeser said, the changes come only on an as-needed basis.

Voters in precincts 1, 8 and 9A will be reminded of the change closer to the elections through voting information cards that will be mailed by Washington County.

Residents can view the City of Woodbury's precinct map by visiting the city's website, ci.woodbury.mn.us and searching for "polling locations."

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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