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Public invited to give input on proposed City Council redistricting plans starting tonight
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Public invited to give input on proposed City Council redistricting plans starting tonight

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The Election District Commission will hold its third public meeting of the week Thursday to give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on proposals to redraw City Council districts.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Zarrow Regional Library, 2224 W. 51st St. A fourth public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave.

Two other meetings were held earlier this week in south and east Tulsa.

The city’s nine council districts are being modified to reflect the 2020 U.S. census figures. Election districts on the federal, state and local level are redrawn every 10 years after the Census Bureau conducts its constitutionally mandated population count.

The city’s overall population — including recently annexed property — has increased by more than 21,000 in the last decade, to 413,120.

The Election District Commission’s job is to ensure that each of the City Council’s nine districts has as close to the same number of people as possible. Given the city’s new population count, the ideal average population per City Council district is 45,902.

Council districts are required to be contiguous and compact and must conform to voting precinct boundaries. Commission members are to disregard partisan considerations and avoid diluting minority votes.

The Election District Commission is expected to select its preferred City Council District Plan in early November, followed by a public hearing. The five-member commission will vote on the new district plan in early December.

Commission members are appointed by the mayor and must include two registered Republicans, two registered Democrats and a registered independent. The members include Republican former City Councilors Rick Westcott and John Eagleton; former City Councilor Joe Williams and businesswoman Sharon King Davis, both Democrats; and former Councilor Susan Neal, an independent.

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