Colorado’s Votes for President of the United States
should go to the candidate who gets the most votes IN COLORADO
Politicians in Denver voted to give our votes for President to states like California, New York, and Illinois. That’s wrong. We have to stop them from giving away our votes and our voice. And here’s how we stop them from giving away our votes:
Do you want California to decide our next President?
A Republic, if you can keep it
Our current system: The Electoral College
The Electoral College ensures that states with smaller populations still have an important role in electing the President. That is why each state has a number of Presidential Electors equal to the number of Representatives that state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, plus two for the two Senators each state has in the U.S. Senate. Colorado has 9 votes in the Electoral College (7 Representatives + 2 Senators). These electors cast their vote for President based on the candidate who receives the most votes in their state.* This ensures that the minority always has a voice by allowing smaller, less populated states to have a more proportionate voice in electing our President.
*Nebraska and Maine award their electoral votes proportionally, based on Congressional districts.
highly populated states want: The National Popular Vote
There are some in our country who want to skirt the current Electoral College system by ignoring a state’s individual vote. The National Popular Vote elects a President and a Vice-President based on the candidate who receives the most votes nationally. This means that states like California, New York, Florida, and Illinois have a greater influence than other states, and large metropolitan areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago have a disproportionate voice over states like Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri and North Carolina in electing the President of the United States.
The Colorado Electoral Vote Giveaway
In February 2019, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill (known as Senate Bill 19-042 or SB 42) to require Colorado’s Electoral Votes go to the winner of the National Popular Vote. This end-run around the Constitution requires Colorado’s Presidential Electors to cast their votes for the candidate for President who received the most votes nationally, even if that candidate DID NOT receive the most votes in Colorado. Demanding Colorado’s Electors cast their votes this way is theft of our votes for President and gives them to more populated areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Protecting Colorado’s Votes for President
Colorado has a strong referendum system where voters can block implementation of a bill passed by the General Assembly. Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Monument Mayor Don Wilson filed a petition with the Secretary of State to block implementation of SB 42 and the National Popular Vote in Colorado. We have 90 days to collect 200,000 signatures to put this question on the November 2020 ballot. If we collect enough signatures, the National Popular Vote law will be blocked from implementation in Colorado until all Coloradans can vote on it directly in November 2020. If we beat the National Popular Vote in 2020, then Colorado cannot participate in the National Popular Vote Agreement.