Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed into law Friday a bill that would award the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.
Polis signed the measure after both chambers of the state’s legislature passed the bill last month along party lines, with Democrats pulling heavily for the measure.
“It is important to understand that the National Popular Vote bill significantly amplifies Colorado’s voice in choosing the president of the United States,” John Koza, chairman of National Popular Vote, said in a press release.
Colorado now joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia as part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This brings the joint agreement total to 181 (adding Colorado’s 9 electoral votes) with a necessary 270 to win elections.
To some, it’s a nonissue in Colorado, which Hillary Clinton won and got the 9 votes earned.
In 2016, President Trump won the 2016 election with 304 electoral votes compared with 227 for Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote with 65.854 million votes over Trump’s 62.985 – a 3 million vote total. This was due to Clinton’s landslide victories in New York (4.556 to 2.820) and California (8.754 to 4.484).
Therefore, outside of the two far left states, Trump won by 3 million votes.