Colorado Joins Growing List of States Who Pledge to Dedicate Their Electoral Votes to the Winner of the Popular Vote

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by Jake Dima

 


Colorado residents approved a measure Wednesday to join a list of states pledging to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who obtains the majority of the popular vote.

Proposition 113 passed with roughly 52% approval from voters, entering Colorado into the Interstate Popular Vote Compact, according to the Denver Post. The state joins 15 other jurisdictions across the U.S., including California, Illinois, New York and Washington, according to the compact’s website.

States in the compact will not switch to awarding its electoral votes based on the popular vote until the group obtains support from enough jurisdictions to total at least 270 electoral points, according to the website. The Interstate Popular Vote Compact raised its total to 196 after Colorado’s entrance to the group, the organization wrote.

“The national popular vote is a very straightforward concept,” Democratic Colorado state Sen. Michael Foote told the Hill. “One person should always equal one vote, and the presidential candidate who gets the most votes should win the election.”

But former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, a Republican, told the Hill: “Coloradoʼs votes should be decided by Coloradans. This is going to reduce Coloradoʼs clout, and itʼs going to reduce our influence on issues like transportation, water, health care and funding for our military bases.”

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Jake Dima is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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One Thought to “Colorado Joins Growing List of States Who Pledge to Dedicate Their Electoral Votes to the Winner of the Popular Vote”

  1. Deplorable Bay Stater

    Article I Section 10 of the Constitution states that “No State shall, without the consent of Congress…enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State…” This would seem to make this agreement invalid.

    It also is, in effect, abdicating the responsibility of the State Legislature to appoint Presidential electors, and the Constitution does not make any provision for such abdication.

    Of course, since most of the States involved are solid Blue, which coincides with the usual winner of the popular vote, perhaps it doesn’t really matter.

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