ENID, Okla. — A group aiming to end gerrymandering in the state of Oklahoma is holding a town hall meeting Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County.

Gerrymandering is the process in which the boundaries of voting districts are drawn up in a way that benefits a particular political party. People Not Politicians, the coalition advocating to stop the partisan redistricting method by taking the power of redistricting away from the legislature and putting it in the hands of ordinary citizens, will be making their case at the library from 5-6:30 p.m.

People Not Poli­ticians put forth a ballot petition in October to establish a Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Committee, a nine-person commission of non-elected officials to determine the boundaries of voting districts.

The commission would be comprised of three Democrats, three Republicans and three unaffiliated members, and legislators would no longer have any hand in the process.

A panel of retired judges would select six of the commissioners from a pool of applicants, and those six would select the final three, according to the petition.

“Oklahoma has real problems that our politicians have done nothing to fix,” said Andy Moore, executive director of People Not Politicians. “This proposal is an important step to hold politicians accountable so they can focus less on their own political gain and actually start focusing on solving our state’s problems.”

Enid is the last stop in a 10-part statewide town hall tour the group began Nov. 5.

“We are actively looking for Oklahomans from across the state to help get this critical initiative on the ballot in 2020,” Moore said. “Oklahoma is a populist state and Oklahomans are well-aware that our politicians are currently failing us on many fronts.”

People Not Politi­cians is an affiliate of Let’s Fix This, a nonpartisan nonprofit, “dedicated to educating Oklahomans on the laws, policies, and other political issues that affect them the most.”

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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