Muskogee County election officials are sending voter identification cards to more than 4,500 registered voters affected by legislative redistricting. Redistricting, mandated by law to take place every 10 years, divided the county, which used to be within one state Senate district, into parts of three districts.
Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Ellen Thames said the redrawn boundaries of several state House districts also affects a number of voters. This year’s legislative redistricting will affect 4,515, or nearly 12 percent, of the county’s 39,121 registered voters. Voters in western and southeastern Muskogee County will be affected the most.
Senate District 9, held by Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, used to encompass all of Muskogee County and southwestern Wagoner County. It now consists of the northeastern two-thirds of Muskogee County and southeastern Cherokee County. The new boundaries extend Senate District 18, represented by Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, from east-central Cherokee County through most of Wagoner County and into the western third of Muskogee County.