Monday, November 22, 2021

Gov. Stitt signs redistricting bills into law


GOVERNOR KEVIN STITT SIGNS SIX REDISTRICTING BILLS INTO LAW
Oklahoma Constitution requires legislative and congressional districts to be redrawn by the Legislature every 10 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 22, 2021)— Today Governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation approving new maps for Oklahoma’s five congressional districts and one new district map for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The new congressional maps keep nearly 90 percent of Oklahomans in the same district, as well as major military bases. The legislation was passed with overwhelming support in the House and the Senate.

“I am grateful to members of the Oklahoma Legislature who carried out their constitutional responsibility and redrawing these district maps,” said Governor Stitt. “Following an open and transparent process that included public input, these maps were passed with majority support in both the House and the Senate and I am pleased to execute the will of Oklahomans by signing these new maps into law.”

The redistricting legislation includes:

  • SB 1X creates the State Senate Redistricting Act of 2021 which sets State Senate district boundaries based on final 2020 Census data and establishes residency requirements for the 2022 Election.
  • SB 2X adjusts residency requirements for county commissioners for the 2022 election to require candidates to be a registered voter within the district they wish to run for by December 31, 2021.
  • SB 4X directs county election boards to conduct regular or special elections after April 5, 2022 to permit the Election Board time to implement the provisions of redistricting
  • SB 5X Adjusts candidate political party registration requirements to permit potential candidates to register under their chosen political affiliation in their district of choice by December 31, 2021 to run for office in 2022.
  • HB 1001 creates the State House of Representatives Redistricting Act of 2021 which sets State House district boundaries based on final 2020 Census data and establishes residency requirements for the 2022 election.
  • HB 1002 creates the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 which establishes the boundaries of the state's five Congressional Districts and directs the Election Boar [sic]
    (the press release ended here, without completing the sentence, but the text of the bill says "The Congressional Districts described in the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021 shall become effective at the beginning of the terms of the members of the United States House of Representatives elected at the General Election in November 2022; provided, however, the State Election Board shall conduct the elections for such offices in 2022 in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021.")

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