What is National Popular Vote?

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states. During the 2019 legislative session the Colorado legislature passed, and Governor Polis signed the National Popular Vote into law (SB19-042). Colorado joined with 14 other states and the District of Columbia, together representing 196 electoral votes, in passing the National Popular Vote. The National Popular Vote law will go into effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the presidential electors—that is, 270 of 538. All the electoral votes from those states will then be awarded to the candidate receiving the most votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

This November, Coloradans will be asked to approve the decision of the Legislature and the Governor to join the National Popular Vote with Proposition 113. A YES vote on Proposition 113 supports the National Popular Vote.

The Clear Benefits of the National Popular Vote (Proposition 113)

The National Popular Vote fixes the electoral college. It replaces the current state-by-state winner-take-all system of awarding electoral college votes and therefore guarantees every vote matters and the candidates with the most votes wins the election.

The candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC should win 

The presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote should be president –period. Under the current system, however, the candidate who lost the national popular vote has become president in two of the last five elections. Voting YES on Proposition 113, the National Popular Vote, would ensure that the candidate with the most votes wins. 

Living in a democracy should mean “one person, one vote” to ensure everyone’s vote counts equally 

Our current system for electing the president is broken because it makes some people’s vote count more than others. In America, every voter deserves to be treated equally, no matter what state they live in or what political party they belong to. Voting YES on Proposition 113 will ensure that every vote is counted equally. 

Presidential candidates should focus on all 50 states – not just on the handful of closely divided “swing” or “battleground” states they think will decide the election. 

In 2016, presidential candidates ignored voters in 38 out of the 50 states because they only campaign in closely divided “swing” states.   In 2020 there could be as few as six swing states in play.  Colorado will no longer be among the states that get attention in the presidential campaign. Voting YES on Proposition 113 will ensure that candidates have to earn the support of voters in every state, including Colorado.