District Boundaries Could Be Changing In Oklahoma After The 2020 US Census

Thursday, November 5th 2020, 5:39 pm

By: Karl Torp

The ongoing election is making some Americans experts in the Electoral College and congressional district boundaries.

However, due to the 2020 U.S. Census, some of the lines and the math may change.

OU political science professor Keith Gaddie has helped several states redraw its congressional and legislative district lines and testified when those boundaries are challenged in court.

“The district must be of equal population as practicable,” said Gaddie when talking about the constitutional requirements. “The second thing, you must make sure you don’t dilute someone’s voting rights on the basis of race."

Based on the 2020 census, Oklahoma's legislature will redraw its district lines, possibly impacting those who represents Oklahomans at the state capital and in DC.

The new lines may also change which polling location you cast your ballot.

Oklahoma lost a congressional seat 10 years ago, there are hopes they may get it back after the 2020 Census..

Gaddie doesn’t think it’s going to happen.

“Oklahoma’s growing, but our growth rate isn’t much ahead of the national growth rate,” said Gaddie.

While Census Data may not be available for months, Oklahoma legislators announced Thursday they will hold redistricting town hall meetings starting on December 8.


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