Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) will sign a measure to award his state’s nine Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote during the 2020 election, moving a country-wide coalition one step closer to circumventing the electoral college.
In an interview Sunday, Polis called the electoral college an “undemocratic relic” of the nation’s past.
“I’ve long supported electing the president by who gets the most votes,” Polis told The Hill. “It’s a way to move towards direct election of the president.”
Once signed into law, Colorado would join the ranks of 11 additional states and the District of Columbia as part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
The compact is an agreement between the states parties to award their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who obtains the largest national vote total across all 50 states and D.C.
The bill would only go into effect if the states that join the pact have Electoral College votes that total 270, the total required to win the White House.
Colorado’s nine electoral votes would bring the pact’s current total to 172 votes.
“This bill has the potential to help Americans believe that their vote matters whether you’re a rural, urban or suburban voter — through this bill every vote counts equally,” Rep. Emily Sirota (D), one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Denver Channel.
While Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 election by nearly 3 million votes, she lost the Electoral College vote to President Trump. Trump won 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227.
“Under a national popular vote, the 38 non-battleground states long ignored by presidential campaigns will be powerful again, because no candidate can win 270 electoral votes and the White House without also winning the popular vote across all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” said John Koza, who chairs National Popular Vote, the group that supports the interstate compact.