If this bill becomes law, the state’s electors would automatically go to the winner of the national popular vote.
“The popular vote ‘Compact’ members currently have 172 electoral votes across the 11 states. If 98 more electoral votes commit it would go into effect and effectively eliminate the unfairness of the electoral college.”
As reported by KDVR, on Tuesday the Denver, Colorado Senate passed SB-19, a bill which gives state electoral votes in presidential elections to the winner of the national popular vote.
SB-19 is Democratic Senator Mike Foote’s bill. It would include Colorado in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 11 states in the District of Columbia. The Compact currently controls 172 electoral votes. 98 more electoral votes would need to be committed before the Compact would go into effect. Colorado has 9 electoral votes, and would contribute to the remaining 98.
SB-19 would require Colorado’s electoral votes to be cast for the winner of the national popular vote. As the system stands now, Colorado electors vote for the candidate who wins the vote in Colorado.
Foote said, “This really is a victory for those who believe that every vote should be counted equally.”
The bill would only take effect if the governor, and the Democrat-controlled House approve the plan, and after enough states join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Republicans in the Colorado Senate claim that the Compact is unconstitutional. It is possible that if the Compact were to go into effect, it would face a nationwide lawsuit.