Colorado Democrats push changes to presidential electors
DENVER (AP) — The latest on a Colorado bill that would change the way the state’s presidential electoral votes are cast:
A House committee has approved a Democrat-sponsored bill to have Colorado join other states in casting their presidential electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote.
The State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee sent the bill to the full House on a 6-3 party line vote late Tuesday.
It’s already passed the Senate. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis supports the bill.
If it is adopted, Colorado would join 11 states and the District of Columbia in pooling their electoral college votes for the winner of the national popular vote.
That’s without regard to which candidate wins in the individual compact states.
The compact would go into effect once enough states with 270 electoral votes — the number needed at the Electoral College to elect a president — join it.
Colorado has nine electoral votes. Compact members currently have 172 electors.
Several presidents, most recently Donald Trump in 2016, were elected with an electoral college majority despite losing the popular vote.
Colorado’s Democrat-controlled Legislature is fast-tracking a bill to join other states in casting their presidential electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote.
Republicans fiercely oppose the bill , which has cleared Colorado’s Senate and is being heard by a House committee Tuesday.
They argue it subverts an Electoral College that the Founding Fathers created to ensure smaller states aren’t trampled over when it comes to choosing a U.S. president.
The bill comes after Republican Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won 3 million more votes.
Colorado would join 11 states and the District of Columbia in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
The campaign was launched after Democrat Al Gore lost the 2000 election to Republican George W. Bush despite winning more votes.