Minnesota's top election official says he expects about 3 million state residents to vote by the close of polls on Tuesday. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Monday that's about par with voter turnout of slightly less than 80 percent in recent presidential elections.
The St. Cloud City Council will take a look at re-drawing its ward boundaries now that the state and federal redistricting has been completed. Governments are required to go through the redistricting process every time a new census is completed.
A special court panel's new maps of Minnesota congressional districts would throw incumbent Reps. Michele Bachmann and Betty McCollum into the same district. However, Bachmann says she'll seek old 6th District seat despite redistricting shuffle.
State lawmakers and members of Congress are anxiously waiting a big announcement next week. We'll find out on Tuesday what the redistricting maps look like for the State House and Senate seats, as well as for the eight members of our Congressional delegation.
Government - as everything in life - is run by those who show up. If you don't participate, you shouldn't complain. The conversation I had with Candi Walz is a perfect illustration of what we need to do, and why we cannot wait to act.
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