Oklahoma National Republican Committeeman: ‘Clueless’ Republicans leading state effort against electoral college
By STEVE FAIR
Once again the National Popular Vote Compact has reared its ugly head in Oklahoma. State Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) has filed a bill to have Oklahoma join ten states and the District of Columbia in an agreement to cast our presidential electoral votes for the candidate who wins the majority of the popular vote. Former legislators Rob Johnson and Don Armes, both Republicans, are promoting it. During their tenure in the legislature, Armes and Johnson filed several bills promoting the compact.
This week, Johnson released the results of a poll where he claims 79 percent of Oklahomans favor National Popular Vote. The poll was supposedly taken Jan. 19 and 20 by Public Policy Polling interviewing 893 people statewide across all party affiliation voters. Johnson believes Oklahoma’s participation in the compact will result in the Sooner state getting more attention in the presidential race and that the Electoral College hurts turnout and is unfair. But there are more than just a few fishhooks in the compact.
First and foremost, if Johnson’s proposal would have been in place in 2008 and 2012, Oklahoma’s electoral votes would have been counted for President Obama. That’s right, the reddest state in the country would have cast 7 electoral votes for Obama even though the state voted overwhelmingly Republican. How is that right? It isn’t right, and it doesn’t make any sense.