A plan to redistrict the Oklahoma Supreme Court appears nearing House and Senate agreement, with the House’s plan to require justices from more rural counties winning the day.
Currently the 9 members of the Supreme Court are appointed from 9 districts, but run statewide for yes/no retention elections.
HB 1925 as approved by the House last month and by the Senate Judiciary committee earlier this week would provide that starting in November 2017
- 5 justices would be appointed, 1 for each Congressional District as constituted on November 1, 2017. For transition purposes, the current seats from Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 would turn into Congressional-District based seats.
- 4 justices appointed at-large, however 2 justices must come from counties with a population of less than 75,000. The current seats from Districts 2, 7, 8, and 9 would transition to at-large.
The justices would still run statewide for yes/no retention elections.