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Sen. Jim Wilson to Discuss Legal Challenges to GOP Redistricting at July 12 Meeting

posted Jul 6, 2011, 1:13 AM by Jody Harlan

State Sen. Jim Wilson (D-Tahequah) will discuss proposed constitutional challenges to the new Senate redistricting plan at the next Canadian County Democrats’ meeting at 7 p.m. on Tues., July 12. Seating is available for all Democrats on a first come, first served basis for the free meeting at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6506 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

Sen. Wilson and colleagues recently filed a petition asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to set aside the Republican-passed redistricting plan on grounds that it splits political subdivisions in violation of the state Constitution, making it more difficult for some communities, including Yukon, to elect a representative from that city or town.

"If we are successful, the Supreme Court will direct the redistricting commission to draw a new plan, which keeps political subdivision whole and gives citizens a better opportunity for fair representation," Sen. Wilson said. "Whether, we win or lose with the Supreme Court petition, we are circulating a statutory initiative petition requiring 83,000 signatures to repeal the Senate redistricting law and set forth guidelines for future redistricting."
Donations to fund the initiative to repeal the redistricting law may sent to OKFAIRPLAY, Unified Strategies Associates, 3017 N Stiles, Suite 103, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105.