Redistricting News

  • Randy Krehbiel

Unexpectedly high population counts in Oklahoma’s two largest urban areas are causing officials to rethink the state’s congressional and legislative redistricting plans, officials said this week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The chairs of the Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives redistricting committees announced Oct. 10 as the deadline for public map submissions for congressional redistricting.

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Randy Krehbiel

Jul 23, 2021

Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, which includes most of metropolitan Tulsa, will have to shed about 18,000 people in the current redistricting process, officials say.

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By Kelci McKendrick | Enid News & Eagle

 

 

ENID, Okla. — Several state officials and area residents gathered at Autry Technology Center on Tuesday evening to discuss redrawing congressional districts.

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Dillon Richards Reporter

OKLAHOMA CITY — The state of Oklahoma is redrawing congressional districts, and it’s doing so out in the open.

It’s a system that has been criticized for years. But this year, public input is encouraged. One set of lines everyone is watching is the suddenly competitive District 5, which includes Oklahoma City.

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By Ryan Martinez and Lonnie Paxton

Though the Legislature passed House and Senate redistricting plans this session with overwhelming, bipartisan support — those plans were promptly signed into law by the governor — redistricting is not yet complete. The Legislature now focuses its attention on redrawing the lines for Oklahoma’s five congressional districts.

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By Carmen Forman, Oklahoman

State lawmakers and legislative redistricting staff will hold a series of town hall meetings this summer for Oklahomans to learn about the congressional redistricting process. 

Oklahomans will be welcome to attend, ask questions and offer suggestions at seven public meetings that kick off July 8 in Oklahoma City. 

There will be five in-person meetings — one in each of Oklahoma's five congressional districts — and two virtual meetings. 

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BY GLORIA TROTTER

May 27, 2021

New Oklahoma legislative districts, which go into effect next year, are more compact but include significant differences in local representation.

The biggest change is in Senate districts, especially Dist. 17 which will now include Tecumseh, Bethel Acres, Pink, Macomb, Tribbey, St. Louis and Wanette.

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  • Enid News & Eagle
  • May 26, 2021

ENID, Okla. — Redistricting offices for the Oklahoma Senate and House have announced town hall meetings, including one this summer in Enid, to discuss the congressional redistricting process.

Legislators and redistricting office staff will answer questions and take comments from the public during the meetings, which will be held in each of the state’s congressional districts.

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By Tiffany Bechtel

Published: May. 25, 2021 at 4:33 PM UTC

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the State Senate redistricting offices will be holding a series of town hall meetings concerning the congressional redistricting process.

There will be an in-person town hall meeting held in Lawton on July 29 at Lawton City Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt signs state redistricting bills

  • Barbara Hoberock Tulsa World
  • May 14, 2021 Updated May 14, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed bills that redraw legislative boundaries.

The boundaries are required to be redrawn every decade to accommodate population changes.

Stitt signed House Bill 1198, the House redistricting measure, and Senate Bill 1066, the Senate redistricting measure.

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Carmen Forman, Oklahoman

Redistricting plans for Oklahoma's 101 House districts and 48 Senate districts are headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt's desk for approval. 

With nearly unanimous support, the Oklahoma House and Senate gave final approval to two bills detailing how Oklahoma's legislative districts should look for the next decade. 

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By Editor | April 29, 2021

The Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives released their proposed new district maps.

Senate leaders made public the new district maps and the chair of the redistricting committee says the open and transparent process this time produced better maps.

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By Matt Trotter Apr 26, 2021

Oklahoma held on to its five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Census Bureau’s first release of data from the 2020 population count.

The state gained fewer than 200,000 residents over the past 10 years, a 5.5% population growth. That’s lower than the nation’s 7.4% population growth, the second-lowest rate in history.

Oklahoma wasn’t close to adding or losing a seat in Congress.

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  • Randy Krehbiel
  • Apr 22, 2021 Updated Apr 22, 2021

The Tulsa area will lose one state House and one state Senate district to the Oklahoma City metro under preliminary redistricting plans released Wednesday.

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  • By Kim McConnell kim.mcconnell@swoknews.com
  • Apr 22, 2021

While most cities in Oklahoma want a single senator to represent them at the State Capitol, Lawton residents want to retain the two state senators they have and that is reflected in new maps, officials said Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate leaders on Wednesday made public the new district maps and the chair of the redistricting committee says the open and transparent process this time produced better maps.

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Carmen Forman, Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City metro area is poised to gain representation in the statehouse for the next decade. 

Proposed redistricting maps for Oklahoma's 149 legislative districts that GOP state lawmakers unveiled Wednesday show the Oklahoma City metro area gaining one Senate seat and one House seat.

The gains are reflective of population shifts that show rural areas losing population and population growth in the Oklahoma City area outpacing growth in Tulsa. 

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By Tres Savage -

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 

After months of public meetings and consideration, the House and Senate revealed their proposals for new Oklahoma legislative districts today, with those involved in the process saying that community feedback significantly affected the results.

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by: Hicham Raache

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 / 03:31 PM CDT / Updated: Apr 21, 2021 / 03:31 PM CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma Senate leaders unveiled new district maps that are part of a redistricting bill on Wednesday.

Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle and chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting, said the proposed maps benefited from an open and transparent process.

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