Boat needed in one Minneapolis voting precinct

Associated Press
The city of Minneapolis skyline rises Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in the distance behind Lake Calhoun. A newly redistricted precinct map shows 3B is located entirely in the eastern half of Lake Calhoun in Minnesota. City Clerk Casey Carl says the watery precinct is the "unintentional result of a programming error" made in drawing new ward boundary lines.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Not one voter cast a ballot in one Minneapolis precinct on Election Day. That's because the only living species in Ward 10, Precinct 3B, is of the aquatic variety.

A newly redistricted precinct map shows 3B is located entirely in the eastern half of Lake Calhoun — the biggest lake in Minneapolis. City Clerk Casey Carl says the watery precinct is the "unintentional result of a programming error" made in drawing new ward boundary lines.

Charter Commission chairman Barry Clegg tells the Star Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/bhtca7n ) that the mapping software couldn't draw a line around the edge of the lake without putting a census block in the wrong ward. Clegg says it was supposed to be cleaned up for the final map, but never was.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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