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July 30 2019

Colorado Voters Will Soon Decide Whether to Go Back to the Electoral College

by Jennifer C. Braceras

Should the state of Colorado remain a signatory to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which pledges Colorado to support the presidential candidate who revived the most votes nationwide? 

Colorado voters may soon have a chance to decide. 

Earlier this year, Colorado became the 12th state to join NPVIC, an agreement among certain states to essentially quit the Electoral College.  Although all states will technically continue to participate in the Electoral College, compacting states agree to give all of their electoral votes to the most popular candidate nationwide, rendering the Electoral College an empty shell.

Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed the agreement in March, after the Colorado legislature passed the measure along a party line vote.  No Colorado Republican voted in favor of the measure.

The compact takes effect when states with a combined 270 electoral votes (the number needed to win the presidency in the Electoral College) have joined. Currently, the NPVIC is 196 votes toward its goal.

Opponents of the compact have collected more than enough signatures to put a question about repealing a law on the Colorado ballot in 2020.  

They argue that Colorado voters should decide how Colorado awards its electoral votes and have expressed concern that the compact will diminish the influence of smaller states in presidential politics.

Recently, two other smaller states have rejected the NPVIC for similar reasons.  

In May, Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak vetoed his state’s NPVIC bill on the ground that it would diminish the political voice of sparsely populated states like Nevada.

A bipartisan group of Maine representatives killed efforts to bind that state to the compact in June.

 




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