Group refiles petition to create redistricting commission

February 7, 2020 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants to change how Oklahoma’s legislative and congressional district lines are drawn has refiled an initiative petition in hopes of bringing the issue before voters.

People Not Politicians refiled a new version of its petition on Thursday, two days after its original petition was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In that ruling, the court said the proposal itself was constitutional but that a shorthand description of the measure, called a gist, didn’t adequately describe the proposal.

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The group needs to gather about 178,000 signatures in 90 days to qualify for the ballot.

The plan calls for an end to partisan gerrymandering of Oklahoma’s legislative districts by creating an independent, bipartisan commission to draw district lines. The commission would include an equal number of Republicans, Democrats and members unaffiliated with either party, and they would be selected by a group of retired state Supreme Court and appellate judges.

The plan is being fiercely opposed by legislative Republicans, who released statements on Tuesday praising the court’s ruling removing the measure from the ballot.