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Precinct Changes May Be Causing Some Confusion For Richfield Voters

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With the , some voters may be running into some difficulity this Primary day.

One resident, Joy Jurewicz, said when she arrived at to cast her vote around 8:30 a.m. she assumed polling was taking place in the cafeteria.

"There were no signs directing you to the polling place from the parking lot," she said in an e-mail. "[I asked a] school worker inside the building where the polling was and they directed us to the Auditorium. By this time, there was a group of us looking for the polling area."

After contacting the city clerk's office, Jurewicz reported that signage directing voters to the auditorium had been added by 10:45 a.m. according to her husband, Matt.

While Jurewicz ran into some trouble, others reported no issues at all. On Richfield Patch's Facebook page, Jordan Lockman and Kristi Klein-Carr both said their experiences went smoothly.

"Going great," Lockman wrote. "The redistricting made it more convenient to get to my polling place. I used to have to drive past the new polling place to get to my old one."

"I had no problems," Klein-Carr wrote. "But my [building] did not change."

City Clerk Nancy Gibbs anticipated possible problems with people finding their new polling locations . Today, she told Patch those unfamiliar with polling locations may be attempting to access locked parts of the buildings.

For clarification, information on polling locations within the buildings is below:

Precinct 1: (6541 16th Ave. S.)

  • The stage; enter main doors and signs will direct to the polls.

Precinct 2: (6720 Nicollet Ave. S.)

  • Social Hall; enter on the west side of the building and down to the basement.

Precinct 3: (6400 Sheridan Ave. S.)

  • Media Center; enter main entrance and make a hard left.

Precinct 4: (7540 Penn Ave. S.)

  • Social Hall; enter main entrance and room is on the right.

Precinct 5: (7461 Oliver Ave. S.)

  • Auditorium; west side of the school.

Precinct 6: Central School Building (7145 Harriet Ave. S.)

  • Gymnasium; go through Harriet Avenue doors and turn right.

Precinct 7: Education Facility (7132 Portland Ave. S.)

  • Social Events Hall; enter Door 3 from parking lot.

Precinct 8: (7020 12th Ave. S.)

  • Gymnasium

Precinct 9: (7315 Bloomington Ave. S.)

Gibbs said more, larger signs will be added to precincts on Election Day in November.

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