We have heard from many of you this week regarding a movement to abandon the Electoral College and adopt the National Popular Vote. This would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Electoral College was created by the Founders of this Country because they felt the need to add a layer of protection in the Elections process to protect against the "tyranny of the majority."
In modern practice, the Electoral College is mostly a formality and in 26 states plus Washington DC, the electors are bound by laws or party pledges to vote in accord with the vote. Therefore, in most situations, the outcomes from the popular vote and the Electoral College are the same. However, in close elections such as this past Presidential election, outcomes may be different.
I believe that there are strong points on both sides of the issue. I believe in having all votes count and count equally. But I also believe in the checks and balances in the Constitution to prevent the "tyranny of the majority."
Senator Andy Kerr of Lakewood will be introducing a bill that would enable Colorado, along with many other states, to join the National Popular Vote Compact. Thank you for alerting me of your interest in this movement, and I look forward to seeing the debate unfold.