The presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in Colorado will now nullify the state’s electoral votes in presidential elections.
The Democratic-majority Colorado state Senate passed Senate Bill 19-042 Tuesday along party lines in a 19 -16 voes that require the members of the state’s Electoral College vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
The proposal now moves to the State House for consideration, but won’t become law unless the Colorado House approves.
The bill’s lead sponsor Sen. Mike Foot, D – Lafayette., argues advocacy of the legislation is an issue of fairness.
“Making sure the people, no matter where they happen to live, have an equal vote to wherever another person might happen to live,” he told KOAA.
In a statement introducing the bill, Foote argued the popular vote ensures the “the president of the United States is elected by the entire nation, not just a handful of ‘battleground states,’”
“This really isn’t a red versus blue idea,” he said. “All of Colorado’s voters should be heard, regardless of whether or not we are considered a battleground state.”
Colorado Senate Republicans warn linking the state’s electorate to public opinion is unconstitutional.
“It says your votes and your choices are no longer your own,” GOP state Sen. Owen Hill said in a statement. “We are going to tie your representation to what the other 49 states choose.”
Colorado would join 11 others states and the District of Columbia in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would ultimately change the outcome of presidential elections, awarding all electoral votes to the candidate who garnished the popular vote.
In order for a candidate to win the Electoral College, 270 votes are needed. The states that have agreed to the compact only amount to 172 electoral votes.
Trump won the Electoral College during the 2016 election, by 304 electoral votes compared to 227 for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But the president lost the popular vote to Clinton (D) by almost 3 million votes, prompting Democrats to vociferously demand electoral college be eliminated.