A committee challenging Colorado’s new national popular vote law has collected more than 100,000 signatures to get the issue put on the ballot.
Coloradans Vote needs 125,000 signatures by Aug. 1 to get the issue on the November 2020 ballot. The group said in an email to supporters it has collected over 100,000 signatures total since March.
“We’re really excited at this amount of momentum we’ve had, with grassroots people circulating petitions to make sure this question gets on the ballot,” said Rose Pugliese, a Mesa County commissioner, who initially filed the referendum petition to have the issue put on the ballot along with Monument Mayor Don Wilson.
Pugliese said the biggest challenge facing the group has been "printing enough petitions fast enough to get them in the hands of volunteers."
The group, which is aiming to collect 200,000 signatures, says it has more than 2,100 volunteers collecting signatures across the state.
In March, Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation that adds Colorado to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which ties the state’s nine electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
Critics of the legislation questioned its constitutionality and said it would undermine Colorado voters.
The law, which only takes effect if enough states join the compact, could mean Colorado’s electoral votes go to a candidate a majority of Coloradans didn’t vote for. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have laws including their jurisdictions in the compact, which takes effect once enough states join to reach 270 electoral votes.
“Demanding Colorado’s Electors cast their votes this way is theft of our votes for President and gives them to more populated areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago,” Coloradans Vote says on its website.
A poll by Magellan Strategies found that 39 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the law, while 24 percent had a favorable opinion and 27 percent didn’t have an opinion.