12 States Have Voted to Approve Nullifying the Electoral College
Over the past several years, there has been more and more talk about eliminating the electoral college in favor of counting every vote equally. In this past General Election, President Trump lost the popular vote by a count of 62,979,636 to Hillary Clinton’s 65,844,610, yet he still won the election because he received an overwhelmingly larger amount of electoral votes (304-227).
The electoral college gives each state a number of electors that is equal to their combined total of that state’s membership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Each elector then puts forth their vote for President, based on how the majority of their state votes. Because of this, states with very low populations tend to have more say, per person, than states with higher populations.
Now, however, Colorado is on the verge of essentially eliminating the Electoral College in their state. The Colorado State Senate has just passed a bill that would award their presidential electoral votes to the winner of the country’s popular vote.
The bill, entitled SB-19-042, passed at the end of January and it will now be voted on in the Colorado House. If the Democratic controlled House approves, as does Democratic Governor Jared Polis, the law won’t take effect until enough states join the compact. At this time the compact members are made up to 11 states with 172 total electoral votes. They still need 98 more electoral votes to join before the law would be enacted.
If this law does go into effect, it is an almost certainty that it will be challenged in the courts as being ‘unconstitutional.’ Proponents of the National Popular Vote, say that they are not ‘amending the Constitution. States have exclusive power over their own electors and are using that power to guarantee the Electoral College follows the popular vote winner.’
Other states which have passed National Popular Vote bills include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Colorado and New Mexico have passed the legislation in both state chambers but in different years, while Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Delaware, and Maine have passed legislation in one chamber.