Colorado Pushes Nation Closer to National Popular Vote
It looks like Colorado is joining the chorus of states who are opting to do away with the electoral college system of electing a president, but how close is to becoming a national reality?
The bill to eliminate the electoral college system in Colorado has been passed by the legislature and is awaiting the signature of Governor Jared Polis.
A few weeks ago, I asked western Colorado residents what they thought about changing the way we elect the president. The results of the poll were pretty overwhelming. Over 62% of respondents thought we should leave the presidential election the way it is, while about 33% were in favor of changing it.
But, here's the deal. Even if Colorado adopts the popular vote election system, it's going to take several other states joining in before it becomes law. That process, though, seems to gradually be happening. If it continues, before long the main population centers in the U.S. will be the ones electing our future presidents.
This week, the New Mexico state legislature passed a national popular vote bill, which is now awaiting the signature of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Delaware Senate has just passed similar legislation, which now moves to the house floor.
If the measure passes in Delaware and you add in Colorado and New Mexico's electoral college votes, that would boost the national total to 189. The state-based agreement would go into effect when the National Popular Vote Bill is passed by enough states to include at least 270 electoral votes. We are nearly two-thirds of the way there.