The popular vote has become incredibly popular among Democrats, a measure they have doubled down on since Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump in 2016 when she won the popular vote. As a result of last week’s elections, Colorado is the latest state to decide to join what has been dubbed “the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.”
States that have joined the Compact agree to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. 15 states and D.C. have already joined the pact, which currently accounts for 196 electoral votes. The magical 270 electoral votes do still have a place in the Compact.
“That 270 matters: The states that have approved legislation to join the compact agreed it would not take effect until the 270 threshold is reached. Once it does, those states will have the power to use their Electoral College votes to elect a winner, according to the popular vote” writes NBC News. “This uses the Electoral College to effectively phase out the Electoral College, though it would not apply to states that do not sign up.”
The notion of an amended voting process brings both critical and favorable opinions. Sylvia Bernstein, the coordinator for the Yes on National Popular Vote campaign believes this “shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” The reason is “pretty simple” she says. “The candidate with the most votes should win, just the way it happens in every other election in this country.”
Bernstein also said it would force candidates to campaign across the entire country and not be compelled to focus on swing states. “Right now, we see both candidates hunkered down in Pennsylvania. You know, Pennsylvania has nothing to do with Colorado or California or Texas.”
Opponents of the concept, however, say a National Popular Vote would result in many states being forced to cede power. “The presidential election is the only election we have where states sovereignty and the state’s population is combined for one voice,” said the mayor of Monument, Colorado, Don Wilson, who is a Republican and co-founder of Coloradans Vote.
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