An issue committee aiming to put on the ballot the question of how Colorado casts its electoral votes in presidential elections has been formed to challenge a bill that’s likely to be signed into law.
The committee was formed by a mayor and county commissioner after the General Assembly approved legislation that would require the state’s electoral college votes to back the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
Coloradans Vote was registered with the Secretary of State last week and the group also launched a website. The committee’s purpose is to create a “petition to keep Colorado’s electoral votes with Coloradans by opposing SB42,” according to the Secretary of State’s website.
Senate Bill 19-042 requires that Colorado’s nine electoral college votes be awarded to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, making the state a member of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia are part of the compact, combined totaling 172 electoral votes. 270 electoral votes are needed to secure the U.S. presidency.
Critics of the compact question its constitutionality and say it would make Coloradoans' votes less important.
The bill was passed by the General Assembly in February without any support from Republicans, and is now waiting for a signature from Gov. Jared Polis, who has said in the past he supports the effort.
Once the governor signs the bill into law and it’s certified by the Secretary of State, the committee can start circulating petitions.
The committee is registered to Rose Pugliese, a Mesa County commissioner. Pugliese, along with Don Wilson, mayor of Monument, came up with the idea to put the issue on the ballot after realizing their constituents had concerns about the bill, Complete Colorado reported.
“We are excited by the momentum we have seen in such a short amount of time,” Pugliese said in an email. “People want their voice heard on the National Popular Vote issue and we are pleased to help them by working to get it on the 2020 ballot.”
Wilson said the committee needs 125,000 signatures to make it on the ballot, but it’s aiming for 180,000 signatures.