The Oklahoma State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 906, a measure which proposes to change the way the state’s seven electoral votes are awarded in the outcome of presidential elections. If S.B. 906 is enacted, Oklahoma’s electoral votes will be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the popular vote in the state of Oklahoma.
My own senator, Mike Mazzei (R-District 25), joined with 15 other Republicans and all 12 Democrats to pass S.B. 906.
Several senators who voted in favor of this measure have since reviewed the implications of the legislation and publicly recanted, urging the Oklahoma House to take up the measure and defeat it. Wondering if Sen. Mazzei would follow suit, many of my fellow District 25 constituents reached out to him for an explanation of his vote; one of them kindly shared with me Sen. Mazzei’s response, which could best be summarized in hashtag form:
Sen. Mazzei’s explanation (which you can read in its entirety below) is more a catalog of excuses than a serious case for support of S.B. 906. More troubling, his explanation is built on factual errors and a very poor understanding of both Constitutional history and our electoral system.Continue Reading