Interesting ideas about how to strengthen our election process continues to emerge from around the country. The news over the past days has centered on Delaware and Colorado.
The Delaware House last week passed the measure by a vote of 24-17 that would add that state to a joint pact already containing 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to local news outlet WHYY. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would only go into effect if enough states sign on to bring the total Electoral College votes to 270. Currently, with the recent addition of Colorado, whose governor signed the bill Friday, the total is 181, still well shy of the 270 needed. Delaware has only 3 Electoral College votes. State Rep. David Bentz (D), the sponsor of the bill, said he proposed the legislation because Delaware is a forgotten state when it comes to the presidential election.
Gov. Jared Polis on Friday quietly signed a bill that pledges Colorado’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The National Popular Vote Act makes Colorado part of a multi-state compact — but it only takes effect if and when enough states join to control 270 electoral votes. The bill had no Republican support in either chamber, and opponents announced plans Friday to ask voters to overturn the law. ‘With the overwhelming support that (Monument Mayor Don) Wilson and I have received from people statewide, we are ready to start circulating the petitions so we can get this on the 2020 ballot and let the People of Colorado decide how their electoral college votes should be cast,’ Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said in a statement. The Secretary of State’s Office said it would complete the necessary paperwork Friday allowing signature-gathering to begin. They’ll need 124,632 valid signatures by Aug. 1 to put the question on the 2020 ballot.