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Newberry v. Moore

Two Oklahoma voters are challenging the ballot language of a citizen initiative to create an independent redistricting commission in the state.

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, two Oklahoma voters filed a protest with the Oklahoma Supreme Court chal­len­ging the ballot language of Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420, a proposed consti­tu­tional amend­ment that would have created an inde­pend­ent redis­trict­ing commis­sion to draw congres­sional and state legis­lat­ive maps.

The plaintiffs argued that the ballot language insuf­fi­ciently described multiple aspects of the proposal, includ­ing the selec­tion of commis­sion­ers, the eligib­il­ity require­ments, the ban on partisan gerry­man­der­ing, and the partisan makeup of the commis­sion. As a result, plaintiffs asked the court to declare the gist of Initi­at­ive Peti­tion 420 legally defi­cient.

Oral argu­ment took place on Janu­ary 21, 2020. On Febru­ary 4, 2020, the court struck the gist from the 2020 ballot.


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