theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Local News

December 14, 2010

Oklahoma House of Representatives hold redistricting meeting

Ada — By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

ADA—Oklahoma House of Representative members said state redistricting would be taking place this year using information obtained by the decennial census.

At a Monday evening meeting at Pontotoc Technology Center, representatives and house staff discussed the process involved in redistricting.

“Oklahoma Legislature is required to redraw state legislative lines every ten years following the decennial census,” Arnella Karges, house staff member, said.  She said the House of Representative district lines would have to be redrawn, along with state Senate lines.  She said redistricting was not the same as reapportionment—which determines how many representatives and senators from each state will be sent to represent their states in United States Congress.  Instead, she said the main point of redistricting is to ensure that a nearly equal number of Oklahoma residents are in each district.

“Equal population is the number one goal,” Karges said.  Other guiding principles in redistricting include compactness, contiguity (all parts of a district have to touch), preservation of political subdivisions (i.e. counties and municipalities), communities of interest, preservation of cores of prior districts, and compliance with section two of the Voting Rights Act (no dilution of minority populations).

Karges said the house would use similar redistricting guidelines as the senate.  She said average district population was approximately 34,165 in 2000 and was estimated to be approximately 36,506 per district in 2009.

State Representative Paul Roan said he expected population shifts to move toward more urban areas.

“I think you’re going to see the rural dstricts be a little larger in land area,” he said.  Representatives Dale DeWitt and Lisa Billy also attended the meeting.

Redistricting data must be provided to Oklahoma residents by April 1, 2011.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Stocks
Poll

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

Yes
No
     View Results