Opinion: Ingrid Moore–National Popular Vote

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It’s time to clear up another falsehood about the National Popular Vote
Interstate Compact bill recently signed into law here in Colorado.
That’s the myth that the Compact would require a Constitutional
amendment and abolish the Electoral College.

In fact, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact keeps the
Electoral College intact, just as the founders intended. No
Constitutional amendment required. Under the Constitution (see Article
2, Section 1), states may allocate their electoral votes any way they
wish. Under a National Popular Vote, states combining 270 electoral
votes simply agree to award them in a package to the candidate who
receives the most popular votes nationwide.

Today, Colorado voters control just nine electoral votes. Once the
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact becomes effective, the current
total is 189 electoral votes, Colorado voters will have a say in the
selection of 270 electoral votes. That’s real empowerment, enough to
elect a president. We are just 81 electoral votes away, with many states
considering the National Popular Vote bill yet this year!

As part of this Compact, every Colorado voter’s choice is amplified as
part of a powerful coalition in control of not just our nine electoral
votes, but of 270 electoral votes. Thank you to the leaders statewide
who have just made every Coloradan more powerful in presidential elections.

 

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