Colorado Poised to Hold Statewide Referendum on National Popular Vote

Washington Free Beacon | 8/2/2019 | Todd Shepherd
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With your help we collected at least 227,198 signatures to protect Colorado’s vote for President. We say at least...

Posted by Protect Colorado's Vote on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A group hoping to overturn the Colorado legislature's decision to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact says it has turned in 227,198 petition signatures Thursday in its attempt to force a statewide referendum vote in 2020.

Organizers for Coloradans Vote will need about 125,000 of those signatures to pass muster with the secretary of state's office to qualify for the ballot in November of next year.

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"We are humbled by the remarkable support we have received from people across Colorado," said Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, one of the lead organizers. "Over 2,200 volunteers carried petitions to protect Colorado’s vote for President. This groundswell of grassroots support is not only remarkable—it's historic. No measure in Colorado's history has turned in as many signatures collected by volunteers as we did today."

"We will not give our votes for president to California, Illinois, or New York," said Monument Mayor Don Wilson, the other lead organizer. "We will keep our votes for president where they belong, with the voters of Colorado."

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The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, or NPV, is an attempt to change the way the president is elected without having to amend the Constitution.

Since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, states have awarded all of their presidential electors to the candidate receiving the most votes in that state only, with a few eccentric exceptions notwithstanding. However, states that enter into the NPV compact agree that their electors will be pledged to the candidate that wins the most votes nationwide, regardless if a majority of citizens in the state chose a different candidate.

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As an example of how the compact could change an election outcome, if the compact had been in place for the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton would have defeated Donald Trump to become the nation's 45th president.

Fifteen states and the District of...
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