Group launches another effort to change redistricting
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma’s legislative and congressional district lines are drawn announced Monday that it’s launching another initiative petition to try and put the issue before voters in 2022.
The group People Not Politicians wants a bipartisan commission to draw district lines, instead of state legislators.
“Oklahomans have had to suffer with gerrymandered maps drawn by politicians for long enough,” said Andy Moore, executive director of People Not Politicians. “Voters deserve to have fair maps drawn by an independent commission of Oklahoma citizens who don’t have a conflict of interest with the outcome.”
Once the initiative petition is reviewed, the group will have 90 days to gather about 178,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify the question for the ballot.
The group initially launched an initiative petition effort in October 2019 to get the question on the ballot this year, but legal challenges and then coronavirus-related delays in signature gathering made that impossible.
Leaders in the Republican-led Legislature have fiercely opposed the effort.