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February 22, 2014

LETTER: Maintain integrity of Electoral College

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dan Crummett

Stillwater

To the editor:

I was astounded the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill recently to streamline presidential elections by gutting the Electoral College and give a state’s electoral votes to the popular vote winner — winner take all.

Then, we find out a number of Oklahoma state senators and representatives have just returned from “working group” meetings where they were wined and dined by FairVote, a nonprofit interested in seeing the winner-take-all provisions made a part of the national elections. And, in the House, Republican Don Armes, the House author of the Senate-passed bill, says he “isn’t ready to talk about all that” when asked about the connection of the trips and his authorship of the bill.

Such a measure would only ensure populous states like California, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio elected presidents from here forward. In fact, Barack Obama would have won Oklahoma’s nine electoral votes in the past election — hardly the “will of the people” of Oklahoma who overwhelmingly voted for Obama’s opponent. There are too many instances of the erosion of the checks and balances in our government over the past two administrations (Bush and Obama) and this is one more progressive-instigated move to marginalize voters who would dare vote against their candidate. I do not understand how Armes could back this legislation and remain in good graces with the GOP. I also, don’t understand how a total of 16 Republican state Senators sided with the Dems to pass the bill out of the Senate.

If you think this stinks, as do I, I hope you’ll contact your local Oklahoma House representative and voice your opinion.

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