OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed into law newly drawn maps for the state's five congressional and 149 state House and Senate districts.
The bills, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session last week, contain the new district boundaries that will be in place for the next 10 years.
The new maps had to reapportion the state's population, which has continued shifting from rural communities to urban and suburban areas.
Democrats strongly opposed the newly drawn 5th Congressional District that has been competitive in recent years, with Democrats winning the seat as recently as 2018 before Republicans won it back last year. The newly drawn district moves Democratic portions of Oklahoma City’s core and south side into the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District that stretches across western and northwestern Oklahoma.
Andy Moore, the executive director of the group People Not Politicians, which tried unsuccessfully to shift the responsibility of drawing the new maps from the Legislature to a bipartisan commission, said the new maps were a clear example of gerrymandering.
“We are disappointed that the Legislature adopted a congressional map that was drawn in secret, divides communities and prioritizes politics over what's best for Oklahoma voters," Moore said in a statement.
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