Oklahoma's Redistricting
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Oklahoma's Redistricting News

Oklahoma's Redistricting News (April 30, 2001-April 12, 2002)

All information below is from early 2001

Oklahomaís Political Lineup

 

1991

2001

Governor

D

R

State Senate

37D, 11R

30D, 18R

State House

69D, 32R

53D, 48R

US Senators

1D, 1R

2R

US Reps

4D, 2R

5R, 1D

 

Redistricting Deadline

Both congressional and state legislative maps were passed on May 25, 2001.

Whoís in Charge of Redistricting?

The legislature is responsible for both plans. If the Oklahoma Legislature fails to redistrict its state legislative districts, statute requires the attorney general, state treasurer and superintendent of public instruction to form an apportionment board to complete the task. The governor has veto power over both plans.

Districting Principles 

Principle

Congressional

State Legis.

Compactness

 

+

Contiguity

 

+

Political subdivisions

 

   

Communities of interest

   

Cores of prior districts

   

   

Protect incumbents

 

 

VRA ß 5

 

 

  + = required                - = prohibited

Public Access

Legislative committees will hold public hearings before receiving the census data. Maps of the new state House districts are available for the  online, and the Senate has its own redistricting page.

Political Landscape

The 1991 redistricting plan was passed by a nearly unanimous vote in what was recognized as a bipartisan plan to protect congressional incumbents. Nevertheless, Democrats lost all four of their U.S. House seats by 1996, and all current congressional districts tilt either slightly or strongly to Republicans.  

The state will lose a congressional seat in 2001. Since Democrats won a seat in November 2000, they will likely seek to shore up their incumbent in 2001. The legislature remains strongly Democratic, but is more conservative than most federal Democrats. The governor is Republican.

Legal Issues

No cases.


Irregularly Shaped District
District 2

Irregularly Shaped District
District 5

…  Northeast; foothills of the Ozarks; poor and rural

… Traditionally Democratic, but now swing district which Republicans can win due in part to influence of Christian conservatives

77% white; 5% black; 17% Native American; 1% Hispanic

…  North Centralópart of Oklahoma City

… The most Republican district in the state, although a plurality of voters are registered Democrats

87% white; 6% black; 2% Asian; 5% Native American; 3% Hispanic

 

Contact Information

 Lexa Shafer

 Redistricting Staff

 Oklahoma State Senate

 Room 309 State Capitol

 Oklahoma City, OK 73105

 405/521-5529

 405/521-5599 Fax

 shafer@lsb.state.ok.us

 

 Shirley Russell

 Redistricting Coordinator

 Oklahoma House of Representatives

 2300 N. Lincoln

 Room 109 State Capitol

 Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4885

 405/557-7478

 405/962-7617 ; 405/557-7351 Fax

 russellsh@lsb.state.ok.us

 

For more information:

National Committee for an Effective Congress' Redistricting Resource: Oklahoma
-Overview

EMILY's List Congressional Redistricting Report: Oklahoma
-Overview
-Oklahoma Redistricting Chronicle

Glossary

Redistricting Provisions 2000

 



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