MEDIA ADVISORY: Final Virtual Redistricting Meeting Scheduled
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the State Senateredistricting offices will hold its final virtual town hall meeting on the legislative redistricting process at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.
The meeting will give the public the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions in real time.
The meeting link and additional details can be found here: https://www.okhouse.gov/Publications/VirtualMeets.aspx.
No signup required; everyone is welcome.
“The redistricting process gives the public the opportunity to have a say in who represents them by how their legislative and congressional districts are drawn,” said State Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “This is one of the foundational tenets of our free society, and it’s important that even with public health concerns we have a forum such as this available to the people we represent.”
“The virtual town hall format gives the public who cannot attend in-person the same opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with lawmakers and redistricting staff,” said State Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. “It’s important this process remain transparent and provides the accountability we promised.”
By law, the Legislature must redraw its legislative and congressional district boundaries to reflect changes in population every ten years immediately following the decennial Census.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate have held a series of town halls throughout the state in December and January to encourage public input in the redistricting process. The meetings have been open to anyone who wished to attend.
Meetings were livestreamed when possible, and video is archived. Previous House meetings can be viewed here: https://okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx and Senate meetings can be viewed here: https://oksenate.gov/live-chamber.
Anyone unable to attend the meeting may email comments to the House at , Senate at , or contact their state representative or state senator. All comments and public testimony will be shared with the committees.
Information about other meetings scheduled across the state can be found here: https://oksenate.gov/press-releases/oklahoma-senate-house-announce-statewide-redistricting-meeting-dates.
A map showing meetings throughout the state can be found here: https://okhouse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/minimalist/index.html?appid=ef335bbb2dea41dc9eb4Ibb029d5a8800.
Additional information about the redistricting process can be found here: https://okhouse.gov/Publications/Redistricting.aspx or here: https://oksenate.gov/redistricting.