2014 Legislative Advocacy
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Why do you suppose that the Presidential candidates made zero appearances in Oklahoma between January 2009 and November 2012? Is it because they believe that with our current Electoral College system our votes in Oklahoma do not count? Oklahomans are not alone. Essentially 4 out of 5 Americans were ignored in the last Presidential election.
Senator Rob Johnson has filed the National Popular vote bill in the OK Senate (SB906). Rep. Don Armes is the House sponsor. The LWVUS in 2008, after several years of study, agreed to support the Nation Popular Vote bill as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president. The League believes the direct popular vote of the President is essential to representative government. Under National Popular Vote every vote would be equal, unlike under our current winner-take-all system. In the current system a vote in Ohio is far more likely to alter the result of the election than a vote in Oklahoma and is therefore valued far more highly by Presidential candidates.
Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes-that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). Thus the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States would be President. For more information visit http://www.nationpopularvote.com or http://www.fairvote.org.
Ask your Senator to support SB906 the National Popular Vote bill. The measure was passed out of the Senate Rules Committee last year, but was not voted on the floor of the Senate. This session the members of the Rules Committee again need to vote NPV out of the Rules Committee.
Committee members are Senators A.J. Griffin, chair, Rob Johnson, vice chair, Don Barrington, Cliff Branan, Rick Brinkley, Kim David, Eddie Fields, John Ford, Jim Halligan, Constance Johnson, Clark Jolley, Ron Justice, Bryce Marlatt, Al McAffrey, Jabar Shumate, Frank Simpson, John Sparks, Rob Standridge, Gary Stanislawski, Charles Wyrick. If your senator is listed let him/her know that you support NRV to assure that whoever wins the popular vote becomes President.