March 19, 2019 | IFA Staff
The Denver Post reported, “Gov. Jared Polis on Friday quietly signed a bill that pledges Colorado’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.”
Colorado joins the District of Columbia and 11 other states, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California.
This doesn’t do away with the Electoral College, but it does assign the electoral votes of each of these states to the winner of the popular vote, if enough states sign on to total 270, which is the necessary number of electoral votes to win. The electoral votes of these 12 states and D.C. total 191. They are 79 electoral votes away from this back-door change to the Constitution.
“The Electoral College is a very carefully considered structure the Framers of the Constitution set up to balance the competing interests of large and small states,” writes Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission. “It prevents candidates from winning an election by focusing only on high-population urban centers (the big cities), ignoring smaller states and the more rural areas of the country — the places that progressives and media elites consider flyover country.”
The next state considering joining this group is New Mexico–its state Senate has already approved a bill.