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States Are Uniting To Try To End Electoral College

Colorado voters have joined a growing list of states that want a popular vote.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, is an agreement that calls for states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

15 states and the District of Columbia have approved the pact and that covers 196 electoral votes of the required 270 to win the presidency.

The states that have approved legislation to join the compact agreed it would not take effect until the 270 threshold is reached and then use the power to use their Electoral College votes to elect a winner. This uses the Electoral College to effectively phase out the Electoral College, but does not apply to states that do not sign up.

Colorado’s Senate was the first to pass the proposal, and it was ultimately signed into law last year by Gov. Jared Polis and is echoed by Sylvia Bernstein, the coalition coordinator for the Yes on National Popular Vote campaign.

“It shouldn't be a partisan issue,” Bernstein said. “The reason why people should support the national popular vote is pretty simple. … The candidate with the most votes should win, just the way it happens in every other election in this country.”

One thing all parties agree on is the likelihood of a legal challenge after the campaign reaches the required number of electoral votes.

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