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Gaddis v. Moore

Two Oklahoma voters are challenging a citizen initiative to create an independent redistricting commission under the state constitution.

Last Updated: February 10, 2020
Published: December 5, 2019

Note: The Bren­nan Center is not a parti­cipant in this case.

Case Back­ground

On Novem­ber 15, 2019, two Oklahoma voters filed a protest with the Oklahoma Supreme Court chal­len­ging the legal­ity of Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420, a proposed consti­tu­tional amend­ment that would create an inde­pend­ent redis­trict­ing commis­sion to draw congres­sional and state legis­lat­ive maps.

Plaintiffs argued that Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420 viol­ates the Oklahoma consti­tu­tion’s single subject rule. They also claimed that the peti­tion’s eligib­il­ity require­ments for commis­sion­ers viol­ate the First Amend­ment of the U.S. Consti­tu­tion. The plaintiffs asked the court to block the addi­tion of Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420 to a future ballot.

Oral argu­ment took place on Janu­ary 21, 2020. On Febru­ary 4, 2020, the court ruled that Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420 is legally suffi­cient.

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