By Conrad Dudderar
A new Canadian County district map has been finalized.
State law requires all counties in Oklahoma to be divided into three districts “as equal in population as practical,” according to an amended resolution approving county commissioner district boundaries.
Populations by district are – District 1 (51,403), District 2 (50,862) and District 3 (52,140).
Under the Voting Rights Act, county commissioner district populations must be within 5% of each other.
Oklahoma statute required the commissioners to “reapportion” by Nov. 30 after official publication of the federal decennial census.
“All boundaries of county commissioner districts shall follow clearly visible, definable and observable physical boundaries,” according to the resolution, signed at the Nov. 29th Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting.
The 2020 U.S. Census shows Canadian County with a 154,405 population, a 33.6% increase from the 2010 Census.
Canadian County is the fourth largest county in Oklahoma, behind Oklahoma (796,292), Tulsa (669,279) and Cleveland (295,528).
Most of Canadian County’s population growth is on the east side – in and around Yukon, Mustang and Piedmont.
“The situation is that area located at the Oklahoma County border and just west of it,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart explained.
“Both District 1 and District 2 have large swaths of area extending west from that border, where the population is its most dense, while District 3 incorporates a very small area of that portion of the county.”
Canadian County Commissioners on Nov. 29 made two changes to new district boundaries they initially approved Nov. 8.
These minor adjustments were done so voting precincts wouldn’t be needed in areas with little population, according to Stewart.
“Those both made all the sense in the world,” he said.
The recent revisions to commissioner districts came after input from Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold and chief deputy Allen Arnold.
“The three of us went over and met with the (state) Senate staffer again last week, and very, very slightly tweaked them,” said Stewart, the District 3 county commissioner.
One change moves a boundary line from Interstate 40 to Reno at County Line Road and Morgan Road in eastern Canadian County. District 2 gains about “half a section” from District 3, Stewart noted.
This area has no population – but one voter who likely registered at their workplace, a trucking company.
The change was made to match with a state Senate boundary line, Armold explained.
The other Canadian County district boundary change was from District 1 to District 3 in El Reno.
This revision was made to match with a state House boundary line, according to Stewart.
“Basically, from Sunset south to Elm, we moved the line from Choctaw to Rock Island,” he said.
Population of the affected area is about 100 – with 52 of those registered voters, Armold advised commissioners.