This session Colorado’s Democrat-led General Assembly passed legislation (SB 42) adding the state to the national popular vote interstate compact. That agreement commits the signatory states’ electoral votes to the candidate in a presidential election who wins the national popular vote, if enough states to constitute a majority of the Electoral College - 270 electoral votes - have done so.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia, representing a total of 196 electoral votes, have joined the compact. But a group called Coloradans Vote wants to let voters decide whether Colorado and its nine electoral votes should remain among them.
The group says it has submitted 227,198 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office to qualify a referendum on SB 42 for the state’s November 2020 ballot. That number is well over the 124,632 valid signatures required and would be a new record for statewide ballot initiatives in the state.
“Over 100,000 of those signatures are from volunteer circulators, which is historic for Colorado,” said Monument Mayor Don Wilson, one of the group’s organizer.
Wilson and other opponents of the national popular vote movement say it will give a handful of populous states like California and New York outsized influence in who is elected president.
“People feel that giving away your electoral votes without a vote of the people is overstepping,” Wilson said.
But Toni Larson of the League of Women Voters of Colorado said: “Opponents have engineered this ballot referendum solely because they believe a National Popular Vote would put them at a political disadvantage. In fact, a National Popular Vote is the only way to guarantee that every vote – Republican, Democrat, or Independent – actually makes a difference in who’s elected president.” (DENVER POST)