Vail Daily’s view: Push the popular vote
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-Some members of the Colorado Legislature are fighting to reform the way our state awards its elec-toral votes in presidential elections to give more weight to the popular vote.
The bill now under consideration would give all nine of Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the population election in all 50 states. If passed, the law wouldn’t go into effect until states representing a majority of electoral votes passed similar reforms.
The bill is far from a sure thing. But we think leaving the presidential election up to a majority of voters ” rather than the Electoral College’s some-times awkward math ” makes sense for Colorado and our democracy.
Critics say such a change nationwide would mean presidential candidates would no longer vis-it small states, like Colorado, with only a handful of electoral votes. These states have fewer electoral votes because they have fewer people, so some-times smaller states enjoy outsized influence.
Also, under the current system, candidates spend less time in big states, like California or Texas, when they appear to be locks for either par-ty. In this way, it could be argued that the Electoral College increases partisanship.
The worst part of the current system is that if you’re on the losing side of a vote in your state, it’s hard not to feel that your vote didn’t count, that you’re voice wasn’t heard.
If the entire country agreed to go by the popular vote, candidates would have to fight for every vote in the country, in big states and in little states (like Colorado) where the electorate is close-ly divided between Republican and Democrat. The only losers might be small states where the elec-tions are a foregone conclusion, like maybe Utah.
Overall, giving the weight to the popular vote seems a more fair and modern way to elect our president.