Thirty-nine Republican members of the Oklahoma Legislature said Tuesday they want the state's congressional delegation to object when Electoral College votes are counted on Jan. 6.
Democrat Joe Biden is expected to be declared the winner following what has historically been a formality in the presidential election process.
Twenty-four House members and 15 senators signed similar letters from each chamber asking the state's congressional delegation to stop the verification of the Electoral College votes as certified by each individual state.
"We, the undersigned members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, find it appropriate, according to Article II Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, and necessary, in order to provide a republican form of government as guaranteed by Article IV Section 4, to insist that you challenge the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021," the House letter says.
The letter goes on to imply that some states did not hold "free, fair and constitutional elections" — a claim made by some supporters of President Donald Trump, but that no court or election official has found to be the case.
The Senate letter makes a similar allegation.
House signees include several Tulsa-area representatives, among them Sheila Dills of Tulsa, T.J. Marti, Kevin McDugle and Stan May of Broken Arrow, Wendi Stearman of Bartlesville and Sean Roberts of Hominy.
Senate signees include Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow, Cody Rogers of Tulsa and James Leewright of Bristow.
None of the signees belong to senior leadership in either the House or the Senate.
The election results, as certified by the individual states, give Biden 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump, with 270 needed for the presidency. Trump alleges widespread election fraud but has yet to convince the courts or election officials of the claim.
Some of his supporters want Republican members of Congress to object to the count on Jan. 6, although experts in the field say there is little chance it would change the result.
Democrats unsuccessfully objected to Republican victories in 2004 and 2016.
Oklahoma's congressional delegation has been mostly non-committal about objecting to the results, although U.S. Sen. James Lankford said last week he doesn't believe it would accomplish anything.
Also last week, 4th District Congressman Tom Cole said "the election is over" in his opinion.
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