The state joins 11 others after passing a bill to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the compact, the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide would be be awarded the electoral college votes from participating states, even if the candidate lost in that state.
In order for the bills in states which have passed laws recognizing the agreement, a total of 270 electoral votes from participating states is needed.
The National Popular Vote interstate compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The National Popular Vote bill preserves the Electoral College and state control of elections.
The National Popular Vote bill has been enacted by 12 jurisdictions possessing 172 electoral votes, including four small jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC), four medium- size states (CT, MD, MA, WA), and four big states (NJ, IL, NY, CA). The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 98 more electoral votes. The bill has already passed at least one chamber in 11 additional states with 89 more electoral votes, including approvals by both houses in Colorado and New Mexico, the Oregon House, Arizona House and Oklahoma Senate. A total of 3,125 state legislators from all 50 states have endorsed it. The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 98 more electoral votes.
Colorado has joined California, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. That brings the compact to 181 electoral votes of the 270 needed.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.