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City redistricting committee busy drawing new ward maps in La Crosse



La Crosse will still have 13 city council members and 13 polling places, after the city redraws its election maps this fall.  But it’s possible that some voters might end up going to new locations to vote, depending on which district their residence ends up in. 

Nikki Elsen, the La Crosse city clerk, says a few annexations will change the city map a little.

“There was some marshland, there was one down on the south end of town,” Elsen says. “There was one off Highway 16…maybe Vista Court, north or south…but the majority of them are unpopulated.”

Those city annexations could have an effect on the state legislative districts for the next decade.  Elsen says all of the city of La Crosse is included in the 95th Assembly District, represented by Jill Billings.  But the annexations take away part of the 94th District, which is served by Steve Doyle.     

Elsen says the city will stick with 13 council districts, with one polling place for each district.  But the wards have to be drawn first, so districts can be shaped around them.    

Elsen says the 35 wards now in La Crosse may be reduced to around 26, so they fit into population guidelines written in election laws.  Each ward must have between 800 and 3200 residents.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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