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What is Proposition 113 in Colorado?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - If passed, Proposition 113 would mean Colorado's electoral college votes would go to the candidate with the most votes nationwide.

If the proposition is passed, nothing would change in the 2020 election and Colorado would join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

The compact is an agreement among participating states to ensure the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide is elected president.

The agreement becomes binding when states totaling 270 electoral votes participate. If Proposition 113 is approved here in Colorado, 74 electoral votes from other states would still be needed for the national popular vote to take effect, so we could be years away.

Colorado State Senator Mike Foote says the national popular vote would be a huge improvement over our current system.

"Under the national popular vote, one person would truly equal one vote across the country, no matter where the voter lives, who the voter votes for, that person's vote would count for president," Foote said.

Monument Mayor Don Wilson says the national popular vote would weaken Colorado's voice in the presidential election.

"I think we would see a migration of political power that would focus on large metropolitan areas versus any attention in our rural areas and the things that are important to Colorado - things like water, agriculture, those things that are important to us that aren't necessarily as important to the voters of a large metropolitan area," Wilson said.

Foote says the national popular vote would ensure the person who wins the most votes throughout the country would become the president and that hasn't always been the case.

"Two of the last three presidents have taken office without winning the popular vote across the country and the national popular vote would change that," Foote said.

"It's been five times that the president winning the electoral college didn't win the popular vote. I think that's a pretty good record showing that the majority of the time it works out equally," Wilson said.

A "yes" vote on Proposition 113 means you are in favor of Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, in hopes of one day electing the president by popular vote.

A "no" vote on Proposition 113 means you are against Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

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  1. Lol at democrats. Trying to pass a law that could hypothetically mean every single voter in colorado could vote for candidate A and Colorado gives it’s electoral votes to candidate B based on what other states do. Anyone who votes yes for this is brain dead.

    1. I agree that this is not the best way to implement the much needed change. But something needs to be done about the outdated dinosaur of the Electoral College. It originated as a way around the lack of timely communication in our country, which has long since gone, and was biased towards wealthy landowner based then on slave ownership. Time to come into the 21st century and make changes utilizing up-to-date technology and simplification of an overly complex system with no modern basis for remaining.

  2. I don’t know bout the rest of ya’ll but I like the idea of my vote actually COUNTING for once. Vote Yes.

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