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Letter: National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is empowering

It’s time to clear up one of the many falsehoods 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.

Ingrid Moore


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