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Tulsans will have the chance to weigh in on six city council redistricting proposals.

The city election district commission looked at five maps Friday, which reassigned between 12 and 30 voting precincts to new council districts, moving from as little as 6% of the city’s population, or 25,693 people, to as much as 15%, or 61,483 people.

Commission member John Eagleton pushed for a sixth option not initially presented at a Friday meeting to go to the public as well. It reassigns 11 precincts and less than 6% of residents.

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The group tasked with redrawing Tulsa City Council districts after the 2020 census will have some work to do.

The 2020 census showed the city gained 21,000 residents since the last count.

"That growth was not evenly distributed around the city. There were some council districts that had more growth. There were some council districts that did not grow as much," said INCOG Executive Director Rich Brierre, who is helping the City of Tulsa Election District Commission with its work.

Redistricting Leaders Say Oklahoma Maps Must Be Redrawn

Aug 24, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Newly drawn Oklahoma House districts approved by the Legislature earlier this year will have to be redrawn based on the latest census data, House and Senate leaders said.

The announcement by the House and Senate redistricting committee chairs follows the release of U.S. Census Bureau data that shows population increases in urban and suburban parts of Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Like much of the country, Oklahoma is less white and more urban and suburban than it was 10 years ago, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The redistricting process began in earnest Friday for the City of Tulsa.

The five-member Election District Commission charged with redrawing city council districts based on the 2020 census met for the first time. The commission is made up of two Republicans, John Eagleton and Rick Westcott; two Democrats, Sharon King Davis and Joe Williams; and one independent, Susan Neal. Eagleton, Neal, Westcott and Williams are former city councilors.

According to Census data released last week, Oklahoma has experienced the slowest population growth since 1990. People are having fewer children. So we asked students at the University of Tulsa what their plans are for family. 

  

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Oklahoma held on to its five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Census Bureau’s first release of data from the 2020 population count.

The state gained fewer than 200,000 residents over the past 10 years, a 5.5% population growth. That’s lower than the nation’s 7.4% population growth, the second-lowest rate in history.

Oklahoma wasn’t close to adding or losing a seat in Congress.

A delay in releasing 2020 Census data means Oklahoma lawmakers will split their redistricting work.

The state constitution requires state legislative districts be redrawn before adjournment of the session following a census.

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The city of Tulsa's director of community partnerships said Friday that diversity has been crucial to efforts to geting residents counted in the lead-up to the Sept. 30 deadline.

"We've been doing everything we can to get the count up throughout the Tulsa metro area," said Kyle Ofori, during a Friday meeting with the state's Complete Count Committee which he attended virtually. The director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Steven Dillingham, attended the meeting in person during a visit to Oklahoma on a tour of states as the deadline approaches.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Census Bureau visited a census event Friday to encourage people to fill out their census form before the end of the month.

Director Steven Dillingham stopped by a census event outside the Oklahoma Capitol where people could drive by and pick up census forms ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline.

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is Sept. 30, and Oklahoma is behind when it comes to response rates.

Less than 60% of households in the state have responded, compared with almost 66% nationwide. In 2000, 64% of Oklahoma households responded, and the state still lost a seat in Congress.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman said if the census misses just one in 100 Oklahomans, the state is leaving $720 million in federal funding on the table over the next decade.