On February 12, Oklahoma’s Senate voted to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), in which states agree to appoint their electors according to the results of the national popular vote. The agreement takes effect only when enough states have passed it to constitute a majority of the Electoral College (i.e., 270 electors). The House must now pass a similar bill in order for it to become law.
If it does so, Oklahoma would join nine other states, plus DC, that have already passed the NPVIC. These ten jurisdictions represent 136 electors, or just over 50% of the needed 270.
For all those who’ve thought the Electoral College was unfair because it gives smaller states disproportionate representation, the NPVIC is a legal way around the problem without the need to amend the Constitution, which gives wide latitude to states to determine how to appoint electors.
On the other hand, for those who prefer to think of the U.S. as a federation of states rather than a single nation, the Electoral College is not something to work around, but something to value.
What do you think? Should Texas follow Oklahoma’s lead? Feel free to chime in below in our comments section.