The “For the People Act” currently being proposed by House Democrats would transform the way the U.S. runs federal elections. One provision stands out from the rest: the one that would end state-level gerrymandering by requiring that all legislative districts be set by independent, nonpartisan commissions, rather than by the state legislatures, Columnist Noah Feldman says.
"(HR1 and S1) would enshrine into law what all Americans know: that every citizen deserves a voice in our democracy," said Tulsa resident Lynn Staggs, who is president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa.
In the past, we have generally argued for state control of elections, and continue to see that as the ideal, the editorial says. But the partisan nature and racist impact of voter suppression measures pending in Oklahoma and elsewhere make a convincing argument for stronger national standards for democracy in America.
Legislatures across the U.S. are considering more than 100 bills aimed at restricting voter access, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice. The bills represent a direct, partisan reaction to the Democrats’ success in the 2020 election, when high turnout and mail-in voting powered blue victories in closely divided states like Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania. How likely are ...
"Democrats especially are pretty much just going thru the motions. One major reason is extreme gerrymandering," said Tulsa resident Gary Cheatham.
The proposed State Question 804 seeks to change how the state draws legislative and congressional boundaries by creating an independent redistricting commission and removing the Legislature from the process.
Supporters of State Question 804 sought to create an independent redistricting commission.
Andy Moore recently filed paperwork to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to give more political power to Oklahoma citizens.
SQ 804 ends gerrymandering
From statehood, the Oklahoma’s Legislature has been gerrymandered.
We have waited a long time for our legislators to fix our state’s problems, and I am tired of waiting. Now it is time we start to fix them ourselves, and the first step is making sure our state has fair, representative districts that are drawn with accountability and transparency.
HR 1, the so-called For the People Act of 2019, would reform election and voting laws nationwide, including new rules to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. State commissions would be required to come up with congressional district boundaries that have roughly equal total population; comply with existing federal laws; provide racial, ethnic and language minorities with an equal opportunity to participate in the political process; respect communities of interest, neighborhoods and political subdivisions as far as is practical; and not favor or disfavor any political party.
Progressives launched the litigation campaign for a federal ruling on partisan gerrymandering at a time when it seemed that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency in 2016, ensuring a sympathetic majority on the Supreme Court thereafter.
Now that that strategy has played out, they should be breathing a sigh of relief or thanking the chief justice, not bemoaning the court's supposed complacency.
The threat of losing representation in Washington, D.C. would almost certainly dampen the enthusiasm of these voter suppression efforts.
Fifty years ago, in a much different Missouri, Danforth won his first election to become the only statewide elected Republican. Now Nicole Galloway finds herself the last Democrat standing.
As dreamers know, endless searching and no resolution mean frustration, anxiety and fear.
Once a relatively obscure phenomenon, gerrymandering is having its moment. In the past year, there have been legal challenges to election dist…
The group, Represent Oklahoma, is planning to gather signatures this year for a new law creating an independent redistricting commission.
The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.
It’s time to take back our state!
Oklahoma has at least three connections to the alleged gerrymandering case heard this week by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The current special session is about more than closing a $215 million hole in this year's budget. The pressure on legislators bubbles to the surface with increasing regularity, and is more personal and public thanks in no small part to Facebook.