Judicial Nominating Commission
*Although the number of districts and their boundaries have changed over time, Oklahoma State Constitution (Article 7B §3) dictates that the boundaries for these elections are the Congressional Districts as they existed when the article was adopted in 1967.
About the Commission
The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) consists of 15 unpaid volunteer members. Of the 15 members, only six members are lawyers. Lawyer commissioners are elected by their fellow Oklahoma Bar Association members, each representing one of six congressional districts across the state, as they were in 1967 when the commission was established.* They each serve a 6-year term. Elections are held each odd-numbered year for members from two districts.
2021 Election Information
Nominating petitions must be received at the bar center by 5 p.m. May 21, 2021.
When submitting a nominating petition, candidates should include biography of 100 words or less and a photo (preferably both digital). For additional details and a sample bio format, you can email Debbie Brink.
In 2021 there will be elections for members in Districts 5 and 6. District 5 is composed of Oklahoma County, excluding eastern Oklahoma County and south of 89th Street. District 6 is composed of 23 counties in the north central and northwestern part of the state, as they existed in 1967.*
Ballots and Voting
Ballots will be mailed June 4, 2021, to active attorneys in good standing in Congressional Districts 5 and 6.*
Ballots must be received at the Oklahoma Bar Center by 5 p.m. June 18, 2021.
Ballots will be tabulated on June 21, 2021.
Elections results will be posted June 21, 2021.
In the event of a runoff, the ballots for the runoff election will be mailed June 25 and the deadline for their return is 5 p.m. July 16, 2021. Those ballots would be tabulated on July 19, 2021.
It is important to the administration of justice that the OBA members in the Congressional Districts 5 and 6 become informed on the candidates and cast their votes. The framers of the constitutional amendment entrusted to the lawyers the responsibility of electing qualified people to serve on the Commission. Hopefully, the lawyers in Congressional Districts 5 and 6 will fulfill their responsibility by voting.
The six districts as they were in 1967, and as shown in Title 14 §3 of the Oklahoma Statutes.