What to know about Oklahoma’s redistricting process as Census delays create complications

One of the most important issues Oklahoma lawmakers face this year is redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts for the next decade.

But it’s likely the redistricting process won’t be complete during the regular legislative session that runs from February through May.

Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, predicted it could take months for Oklahoma to receive complete U.S. Census data that will be used to draw districts.

“I can’t imagine that we’re going to be able to get it completed by the end of this session, which means it’s likely that we’ll end up in a special session sometime this year,” she said.

Her comments came before the U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that redistricting data would be delivered to states by Sept. 30 — a date that has been pushed back multiple times from the original planned delivery deadline of March 31. The delay corresponds to COVID-19-related challenges in Census Bureau data collection.

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