OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, announced an opportunity for citizens in Bryan and surrounding counties to be a part of Oklahoma’s redistricting process. The legislators will host a public town hall meeting in Durant to educate citizens on how the redistricting process works and gather public input. The meeting will be held in the Durant High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
“Every ten years, the state legislature is constitutionally responsible with using the latest census population count to redraw legislative and congressional districts,” Bullard said. “We have a constitutional responsibility to have a transparent process for the people of Oklahoma, which is why we are hosting these town hall meetings across the state. This is an exciting process, and one that we are working hard to get done. I hope Oklahomans will take part in it.”
To ensure all citizens can participate, the meeting will be livestreamed at www.oksenate.gov and archived for future viewing.
“Our state population has grown by more than five percent with some areas experiencing growth and others shrinking,” Roberts said. “We have to account for those population shifts to ensure even representation at the state and federal level over the next decade.
“I want to strongly encourage Oklahomans to reach out to Senator Bullard and my offices with their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding redistricting, so we have as much public input as possible to ensure a smooth and precise redistricting process.”
The meeting will include an overview of the legislative redistricting process and guests will be allowed to ask questions and share their ideas on the process as well. Comments on redistricting can also be submitted by emailing the Senate at email@example.com.