Letter: National Popular Vote pact isn’t unconstitutional
Weeks after Colorado became the 13th jurisdiction to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, some opponents are still spreading the myth that the measure is somehow unconstitutional. They should read the United States Constitution.
Under Article 2, Section 1, states have the option to allocate their electoral votes “in such Manner as the Legislature may direct.” Moreover, the constitution clearly grants states the authority to form compacts like the National Popular Vote. Once the compact passes in states totaling at least 270 electoral votes — the current number is 189 — the agreement becomes effective. Compacting states award 270 electoral votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Linda Petrie Bunch