After the Sedalia City Council approved redistricting the City of Sedalia a few months ago, some Sedalia residents will soon be notified of their new wards.
In comparison to Sedalia’s population, the number of citizens affected is small — 537 people will now reside in different wards and have different representation on council and the Pettis County Commission.
“One of the main reasons why the city wanted to redistrict is the population for each of the wards, to get them as equal as possible,” said Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada. “You can really tell they are all represented more equally in each of these four wards and the eastern and western districts for the commission; they are more equally represented as well.
“PCAD (Pettis County Ambulance District) and the county, they followed the new lines the city did, which is good for us so there’s no confusing the voters.”
Affected residents can expect to receive a letter and new voter registration card from La Strada’s office in the next few days. He encouraged citizens to read the entire enclosed letter and new card to find out what ward they now reside in.
“We’ll send them their new cards in an envelope with a letter that lets them know what’s going on,” La Strada said. “With the letter, we’re trying to get people to see that their polling place may have changed, their representative for eastern or western commissioner or council person may have changed.”
Small portions of West 16th, West 18th and West 20th streets, and South Limit, South Warren and South Beacon avenues have been moved from Ward 1 to Ward 4 (87 voters).
Portions of South Grand, Wilkerson and South Harrison avenues, West Main, West Second, West Third, West Fourth, West Fifth, West Sixth and West Seventh streets and West Broadway Boulevard have been moved from Ward 1 to Ward 2 (154 voters).
Portions of South Moniteau and South Kentucky avenues, West Broadway Boulevard, and West 10th, West 11th, West 13th and West 16th streets have been moved from Ward 4 to Ward 3 (131 voters).
Portions of South Kentucky and South Ohio avenues and East 32nd, West 32nd, East 31st, East 30th, West 28th, West 24th and West 20th streets have been moved from Ward 4 to Ward 3 (165 voters).
If voters have any questions, they can call La Strada’s office at 660-826-5000 ext. 918.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.