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, Florida, 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, and our voice.

 

Do you want California to decide our next President?

 
 

A Republic, if you can keep it

-Benjamin Franklin

 

Our current system: The Electoral College

The Electoral College is intended to be a compromise between Congress and the People in electing the President by placing the power with the States. 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 place their vote for President based the candidate who receives the most votes in their state.* This ensures that 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 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, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. have a disproportionate role over states like Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri and North Carolina in electing the President of the United States.


 
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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 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, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.


Protecting Colorado’s Votes for President

Colorado has a strong system where voters can block implementation of a bill passed by the General Assembly.  Rose Pugliese and 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 is blocked in Colorado until we have a vote on it in November 2020.  If the ballot measure does not pass in 2020, then Colorado cannot participate in the National Popular Vote Agreement.