Oklahoma benefits from Electoral College

Published: October 5, 2012
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Regarding “In Electoral College math, not all voters created equal” (Associated Press, Sept. 29): Because Oklahoma is a smaller state, we benefit from the Electoral College's disproportionate voting power. In fact, Oklahomans are 23rd in Electoral College clout, while Oklahoma is 27th in population. Also, imagine what a mess it would be to recount 130 million votes before a presidential winner is recognized. It might be months before we know who won.

This year, the special election for Oklahoma's House District 71 seat was so close that a winner couldn't be determined. The results were thrown out and the seat remained vacant. In the 2000 presidential election, recounts were discussed in five states. The Bush and Gore campaigns agreed not to contest four states and to focus on Florida. Accurately recounting four counties in Florida proved to be a disaster. The U.S. has 3,141 counties. A presidential recount would be total chaos. This nation should never adopt a system that could result in recounting 130 million ballots. Let's stick with a state-based system for selecting the president.

Rick Farmer, Bethany


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