Colorado Could Join Illinois, 10 Other States Looking to Change Electoral College

February 04, 2019 - 9:05 am

Colorado has moved a step closer to changing how the state casts its votes for the President after passing a bill along party lines.

Currently, The Centennial State's nine Electoral College ballots go to the candidate who gets the most votes in Colorado.

Senator Mike Foote wants those to instead go to the winner of the national popular vote. This proposal does not get rid of the electoral college, that would require a constitutional amendment. Instead, it changes how we allocate our nine electoral college votes.

State legislatures, under the Constitution -- Article Two, the Executive Article -- basically determine how electors are selected to vote in the Presidential contest to determine the winner," Norman Provizer, political science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver told 9News. "This is a matter of the state legislature voting to, kind of, adjust the system, and because there are no details in the Constitution, I think that piece of it is pretty open to making that kind of change."

Eleven other states (California, Washington, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland) plus the District of Columbia are part of an agreement compact to see this change take place if there is enough support. But it cannot officially take effect until states totaling 270 electoral votes agree.

The bill in Colorado will now go to the state's house for consideration.