Following the 2020 national Census, federal, state, and local government election boundaries are re-drawn. Recently, the State of Minnesota has released the new federal and state level legislative districts that will govern the election process for the next 10 years.
Cities across the state, following the redistricting effort, are required to reestablish voting precinct and/or ward boundaries prior to the next election cycle. Voting precincts define which polling location a voter will cast their ballot at. In recently held elections, the cities precinct boundaries have followed the ward boundaries, resulting in two polling locations within the community. As the population grows, the city will need to establish additional voting precincts across the community to ensure that election day administration is conducted efficiently and effectively as possible.
As part of a review of the duties assigned to local cities in the redistricting process, the City Council evaluated the existing election ward system as defined by Waconia City Code. This system creates two geographical areas of the community, with two elected city council members serving staggered terms. In evaluation of the limitations and challenges of the ward boundary, voting precinct boundary, and legislative district boundary systems, the City Council is considering the repeal of Chapter 243 of Waconia City Code which defines the election ward system.
Repeal of this chapter would create an at large representative system in which all city council seats, like that of the Mayor, are elected by the entire community, rather than by a geographical area of the community. Elimination of ward boundaries will also allow for flexibility as voting precincts are added to better serve voters on election day and support consistency in future legislative district changes at the state and county level as the community grows.
View the map below for the proposed precincts. To zoom in on the map, open a PDF by clicking here.