BEMIDJI - City residents should take time to carefully review the ward map prior to voting in Tuesday's Primary Election.
Due to redistricting - done once every 10 years in response the U.S. Census -boundaries for local wards have changed, in some cases, dramatically.
Also, some polling locations have been moved.
A map showing the new ward boundaries and polling places is printed in today's Pioneer and also is available for review online at bemidjipioneer.com. Additionally, the city has posted the map at City Hall and online at ci.bemidji.mn.us.
Redistricting is done in response to the Census to keep ward populations within state guidelines, said Kay Murphy, Bemidji city clerk.
City polling locations for this year's primary and general elections are as follows:
-- Ward 1: American Indian Resource Center, located next to Diamond Point Park at 1620 Birchmont Drive NE.
-- Ward 2: National Guard Armory, 430 23rd St. NW.
-- Ward 3: Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th St. NE.
-- Ward 4: Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. NW.
-- Ward 5: Northwest Technical College, 905 Grant St. SE.
City polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For those living outside of the city limits, a listing of Beltrami County polling locations also is inside today's newspaper.
Those seeking additional information on elections or voting are encouraged to go online to mnvotes.org, which will redirect you to the Secretary of State's website.
The website can confirm whether you are registered to vote, tell you where to go to vote and provide a list of the candidates who have filed to represent you.
However, the website is not perfect and some city residents have experienced discrepancies between the city's ward map and the Secretary of State's website. The city ward map is the best source for determining where city residents should go to vote.
City residents are asked to be patient during the voting process and to be courteous to election judges, Murphy said.