In a move that appears to fight against his own states electoral vote, Jared Polis, democratic governor of Colorado, signed an act into law this week that will allocate the nine electoral college votes his state holds over to whichever candidate that is deemed to have won the commonly referred to as “national popular vote.”
The change that has been sought for some time exclusively by Democrats has to garner enough states to sign onto the premise and actually commit their votes before it can take effect. The magic number of electoral votes is that of 270. Colorado's pledging of their nine votes raises the current tally to 181 in what is widely being referred to as the "National Popular Vote Interstate Compact."
The premise under which the compact operates is that in place of the states voters coming to an agreement as to whom they wish to be the next chief executive, as it has been up until now, and that state then committing their voice to the candidate chosen, the state will go into a wait and see mode—they will go along with what everyone else decides.
With the system currently in place, the presidential election is influenced and decided by the “battleground” states. It is in these states that presidential candidates tend to focus their campaigning time. Under the “national popular vote” those “battleground” states will discontinue to factor in, with primarily liberal coastal states becoming the new driving force of politics.
Other than the obvious problems with this new policy, there will be a shift in issues that matter. What might be issues that matter in Colorado, will not carry the same importance as issues that say affect New York. Just as battleground states currently drive the campaigning strategies of candidates, with the newly proposed system the campaigning strategies would shift and focus on the larger more densely populated areas and states.
To help put into perspective just how this change will affect some of the most critical areas of the nation, imagine candidates spending the majority of their time campaigning on the possible regulation of Uber, in a larger state like California, but little to no time stumping for farmers or corn subsidies in the mid-West. One can easily see the slippery slope that is present here, and could very well put an end to the elections as we have come to know them.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is the popular vote, that is being pushed by the Democrats, really in the best interest of our nation?