State Legislation

Help Defend Your Electoral College

October 2019. Over $750,000.00 dollars was donated (mostly from 2 individuals from California) to combat the citizens of Colorado's movement to have the NPVC law voted on by the public. Ask yourself why would 2 guys from California want to control the votes of Colorado Citizens? One reason, POWER over how we as a nation elect the President. 

On March 15th, 2019 (the ides of March) Governor Polis signed SB19-042 into law making Colorado the 13th State to betray our Republic and lose its voice to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.  A repeal ballot initiative is already underway so the fight to save Colorado's vote is not over yet.

On February 21st, 2019 the Colorado House of Representatives voted by a 34-29 majority to pass SB 19-042 sending it to the Governor for signature.

On February 12th. SB 19-042 received a strict party line do pass recommendation from the House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and will be voted on the House floor on February 15th. 

On January 29, 2019 SB 19042 passed the whole of the Senate by a straight party line 19-16 vote.  The bill is on to the House of Representatives now where we will continue the fight.  Check out ProtectYourVote to see how you can help defend the Electoral College and liberty.

On January 23rd the Committee held a hearing on SB 19-042 and passed a motion by 3-2 vote to move the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.  A hearing has been set for January 28th.

On January 4th, 2019 SB 19.042 was introduced and referred to State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.  The Committee will be holding a hearing on January 23rd at 130PM.  We advise you to contact sponsor and committee chair Sen Mike Foote and voice your displeasure.

On February 15, 2017 Senate Committee voted 3-2 in favor of postponing the Bill indefinitely after a failed vote to move it through Committee.  This bill was successfully defeated for 2017

On January 27, 2017, Senator Andy Kerr and Representative Paul Rosenthal introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of SB17-099), along with Senators Irene Aguilar, Steve Fenberg, Leroy Garcia, Lucia Guzman, Matt Jones, John Kefalas,Michael Merrifield,Dominick Moreno, and Angela Williams.

On March 17, 2009, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB 1299).

DENVER—A bill that would have joined Colorado with other states in a plan to work around the current electoral college system, and guarantee the White House to the winner of the national popular vote, died in the Republican-led State Senate Affairs committee. 

The bill, sponsored by Democrats, died with a 3-2 vote that split along party lines.

If plan like this had been in effect in 2016, the White House would have gone to Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.

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Rather than trying to abolish the electoral college, SB 99 would have had Colorado join an interstate compact to bend the current system of state electoral votes to ensure the winner of the popular vote is elected to the Presidency.

The bill’s sponsor says he had not been trying to pass it in response to President Trump’s victory.

“I carried this exact same bill in 2009, which was just after President Obama became President by winning both the electoral college and the popular vote, so absolutely not.” Sen. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) “Although, I have received more emails and phone calls on this issue this year than any other.”

By joining the agreement, Colorado would have pledged all nine of our electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote—once the agreement takes effect.

That wouldn’t happen until enough states join the compact to guarantee a total of at least 270 electoral votes, the number needed to clinch the Presidency, would go to the popular vote winner.

Kerr argues that since the President is tasked with leading the nation, they should be accountable equally to the whole nation—not trying to win votes in swing states.

“Let’s stop counting votes based upon what state you live in and let’s start counting votes based upon what country you live in,” Kerr said.

Republicans, who control the state senate in Colorado, were not enthused by the idea of passing this plan in what seems like a response to Donald Trump’s victory.

They also argue that Colorado would be giving up political clout to more populous states like California and New York by adopting the plan.

“Our forefathers were brilliant in providing protections in our Constitution to make sure that small states did not get run over by larger ones,” said Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) in a statement to 9NEWS. “The Electoral College was designed so that smaller states actually had a little more of a voice, yet much less than the larger states. Without this system, elections could very easily be over before the polls close in the West, because of the popular vote results on the East Coast.”

Federal law requires Congress to approve interstate agreements, but the courts have allowed exceptions before—which could mean a legal fight if enough states do adopt the plan. Kerr points out that the constitution specifically grants power to the states to decide how to allocate their electoral college votes.

Organizers of the effort say the plan has already been adopted by state laws in California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington—which together hold 165 electoral votes.

While supporters point out the plan has passed in some state legislative chambers controlled by Republicans, the fact is that all of the above states that have adopted the plan voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The plan passed the Colorado House in 2006 and 2007, and passed the state Senate in 2009. It would need to be passed by both chambers in the same year in order to become law.

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