The 2012 presidential election will surely bring voters out to the polls throughout the country. Exactly where Menomonee Falls residents go to vote in that and other elections changed slightly Tuesday following approval of new wards.
The Village Board on Tuesday OK'd the revised ward map — based on 2010 Census data — which now includes 23 different wards. The total number of polling locations decreased from 12 to 10 throughout the village.
On July 18, the board approved a resolution establishing a ward plan, but delayed a full presentation of the new map to avoid confusion among voters during the summer recall elections. Since then, the state’s redistricting plan modified senate and assembly boundaries, and split ward 4. A new ward was created as a result.
The Hiawatha School and will no longer be used for polling locations under the revised plan. Additionally, will house only one polling location.
As part of the adjusted boundaries, will have approximately 300 more voters, and the will have about 300 fewer voters.
Since Menomonee Falls now is home to more than 35,000 residents, voting results will now be reported by ward rather than individual polling place. This will increase the paperwork in some wards, and will likely extend the time it takes to get results, said Deputy Clerk Joan Hintze.
The new ward map will be effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Here are the new wards and polling locations:
- Wards 1 & 2: , W180N7863 Town Hall Rd.
- Wards 3, 4 & 5: , N88W17658 Christman Rd.
- Wards 6 & 7: , N89W16856 Appleton Ave.
- Wards 8, 9 & 10: , W156N8436 Pilgrim Rd.
- Wards 11 & 12: Lilly Road Fire Station, W140N7501 Lilly Rd.
- Wards 13 & 14: , W156N8131 Pilgrim Rd.
- Wards 15 & 16: , W156N7149 Pilgrim Rd.
- Wards 17, 18 & 19: , N56W16300 Silver Spring Dr.
- Ward 20: , W156N5429 Bette Dr.
- Wards 21, 22 and 23: , W220N6588 Town Line Rd.
Certain standards established by the state must be followed when constructing new voting wards. Entire census blocks must be included in the wards, they must suit the convenience of voters, and take increases and decreases in population into consideration. The ward population must also fall between 600 to 2,100 residents.