Governor Stitt has approved of the new district maps for the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives which were drawn by the state legislature earlier this spring. It is important to note that these maps are not the final version of the legislative maps. These maps were drawn using five-year population estimates produced by the American Communities Survey, which is a product of the U.S. Census Bureau. However, because redistricting must be done using data from the decennial census, the state legislature will have to revise these maps once the 2020 Census data is available later this fall.
The Legislature will begin holding a series of town hall meetings about the redistricting process to inform the public and, at least in theory, collect information from the public about the districts should be drawn to best reflect our state and ensure all Oklahomans are represented fairly.
People Not Politicians, a coalition of concerned Oklahomans, filed an updated initiative petition today as the next step in the process of ending gerrymandering in Oklahoma. Although a policy to create an independent redistricting process for Oklahoma was originally filed in October 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in lack of time to secure the signatures needed to qualify for a 2020 ballot. People Not Politicians will now begin the initiative petition process again, with aspirations to make it on a 2022 ballot.
People Not Politicians, a coalition of concerned Oklahomans who want to end gerrymandering by taking power away from politicians and bringing it back to the people, filed an initiative petition today. The petition aims to establish an independent and transparent process for determining the state’s legislative and congressional voting districts.