Re-drawing the Lines

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate sends redistricting legislation to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has sent legislation for Gov. Mary Fallin to sign into law that will redraw Oklahoma's five congressional districts.

The Senate approved the measure on Tuesday by a vote of 37-5. The Senate also voted 35-6 for a bill to will redraw the Legislature's 101 House districts and 48 Senate districts. That bill was sent back to the House for more work.

Oklahoma is required to redraw legislative and congressional district lines every 10 years to reflect population changes determined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2000 Census recorded Oklahoma's population at 3.45 million. In 2010, it was 3.75 million.

Under the redistricting plan, all of Oklahoma's congressional districts except the 5th District will have 750,250 citizens. The 5th District in central Oklahoma will have 750,251.

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