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Are there eight phantom voters in St. Paul redistricting?

An apartment once stood on this field.

In an item last week about the minor redistricting needed to get Ramsey County districts in line after population changes in the 2010 census, there was mention of eight people changing districts on St. Paul’s East Side:

A triangular area north of Minnehaha Avenue between East Seventh Street and Forest Street. The eight people in this area will shift from District 5 to District 6.

Astute reader and East Side political operative Rich Kramer has this one figured out: Those are phantom residents.

He says:

It’s a vacant lot!  They are eight phantom people from a building torn down. Counted when the census was taken; torn down since.

Sure enough, that triangle is now a fenced in green space. But they could still vote in Chicago, right?

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