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National Popular vote

On March 15, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed the National Popular Vote bill (SB19-042) making Colorado the one of 16 jurisdictions (15 states and the District of Columbia) to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact into law.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The pact will take effect when enacted by states with a combined majority of the electoral votes (that is, 270 of 538). Until then, it is business as usual.
CO's National Popular Vote Referendum:
On November3, 2020, CO voters will have a chance to approve or veto CO from taking part in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). A YES vote supports giving all of Colorado's nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate winning the most votes nationwide, making Colorado part of the NPVIC. A NO vote opposes making Colorado part of the NPVIC, thereby continuing to give the state's nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate winning the most votes in Colorado.

national popular vote interstate compact FAQs

  1. Don’t we already vote for president directly?

    No. Currently, when you cast your vote for president you are telling your state electoral college electors how to cast their votes for president. Remember, in the electoral college system, it is the electors who vote for the president, not the actual voters.
    In 48 states (including CO), the electors will all vote for the same candidate, the winner of the popular vote in the state; this is commonly referred to as "winner-takes-all". Two states, ME and NE, split their electors based on their voters so that some of their electors will vote for one candidate while some of their electors will vote for another candidate.

  2. Is the Electoral College and "winner-takes-all" method in the U.S. Constitution?

    The electoral college is defined in the U.S. Constitution, however, the "winner-takes-all" method is not. The U.S. Constitution gives the states the “exclusive” and “plenary” power to choose the method of awarding their electoral votes. Awarding its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote is within the constitutional rights of the state legislature.

  3. Wouldn’t the National Popular Vote require a Constitutional amendment?

    No. Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution gives states the exclusive power to choose how they select and instruct their electors. Just as states chose to adopt the “winner-take-all” laws, they have the power to repeal them.

  4. Does the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact replace the Electoral College?

    No. The NPVIC works hand-in-hand with the electoral college. NPVIC simply offers states an alternative to the "winner-takes-all" method of awarding their electoral college votes.

  5. Is the National Popular Vote a partisan issue?

    In general, making every vote count is not a partisan issue and in the past many prominent politicians on both sides have supported a National Popular Vote.

LWVUS' Position on Selection of the President of the U.S.

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President is essential to representative government. The League of Women Voters believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished. We support the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished. The League also supports uniform voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. The League supports changes in the presidential election system—from the candidate selection process to the general election. We support efforts to provide voters with enough information about candidates and their positions, public policy issues and the selection process itself. The League supports action to ensure that the media, political parties, candidates, and all levels of government achieve these goals and provide that information. read more

Statement of Position on Selection of the President, as announced by the National Board, January 1970, revised March 1982, updated June 2004 and revised by the 2010 Convention.

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National Popular Vote Puts Rural Voters at Parity with Urban Voters


Claim: The National Popular Vote would give complete control to voters in just a handful of heavily populated states.

Reality: The current state-based winner-take-all method assigns inordinate amounts of importance to the handful of battleground states. National Popular vote would make every vote equal – putting rural voters at parity with urban voters. read more