Make every vote count
In his recent letter to the editor, Mr. Grevillius criticizes the bill that would give Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. He implies that relying on the popular vote would always benefit the Democratic candidate. This would have been true in 2016 when Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes, but this assuredly would not always be the case. And isn’t it absurd that the presidency is the only office in the country that can be won without winning the popular vote? Proponents of direct election of presidents argue that this will incentivize candidates to travel beyond the 12 traditional battleground states and not ignore the other 38 as in 2016.
Mr. Grevillius laments that Colorado’s electoral votes could in the future be awarded to the candidate not selected by the majority of the state’s voters, thereby greatly reducing Colorado’s national influence. The Electoral College exists because of compromises made by our founders to satisfy the small states by increasing their national political power. However, as Cory Gardner noted in the Feb. 23 Denver Post, our founding fathers created the Senate to make sure each state has equal representation in our national government.
In my opinion, the principle of one person, one vote in presidential elections strongly outweighs any argument for increasing small state influence. Given that a constitutional amendment to eliminate the electoral college is not even a remote possibility, the bill expected to be signed by Gov. Polis is the only plausible approach. Every vote should count!
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