Colorado passed a measure to award the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
State resident’s 52% vote to pass Proposition 113 confirmed lawmaker’s 2019 decision to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, along with 15 other states including California, Illinois, New York, and Oregon.
The Compact promises to ensure “every vote, in every state” matters and aims to guarantee the presidency will be awarded to “the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”
Currently, the National Popular Vote has not gone into effect. The bill will be enacted when it is adopted by enough states to possess the majority of electoral votes required to elect a president. The addition of Colorado’s nine electoral votes brought Proposition 113’s count up to 196 of the 270 votes necessary to trigger a shift in national policy.
Proponents claim the proposition makes voting less complicated. “The national popular vote is a very straightforward concept,” Democratic state senator Michael Foote said. “One person should always equal one vote, and the presidential candidate who gets the most votes should win the election.”
But critics argue that the change in electoral structure will dilute Colorado’s voting strength against the more densely populated states like California, and suggests cities like L.A. would garner more candidate focus during campaigning.
Former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty (R), thinks residents who voted to pass the bill were manipulated by aggressive California campaign donors. “They were tricked by California billionaires, who spent millions of dollars to buy our votes for president.”
“Colorado’s votes should be decided by Coloradans,” worried the anti-Prop 113 adviser. “This is going to reduce Colorado’s clout, and itʼs going to reduce our influence on issues like transportation, water, health care and funding for our military bases.”
Had the National Popular Vote been in effect during the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton would have won the U.S. presidency over Donald Trump.