Colorado will decide by popular vote whether it supports electing presidents by popular vote.
The Secretary of State on Thursday certified that petitioners opposed to Colorado’s participation in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact have collected enough signatures to place the matter on the November 2020 ballot.
This is a direct challenge to a bill passed earlier this year and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. The bill provoked a significant party-line fight at the Capitol, during which Democrats — who control the state House and Senate — expended much more political capital than they’d planned for. Republicans seeking to recall Polis and various Democratic lawmakers have alleged the bill is a key example of overreach during the past session.
According to the Secretary of State, Colorado hasn’t seen a state law challenged on the ballot since 1932, when voters overturned a tax on margarine.
In March, reporter Corey Hutchins went long for The Independent on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. You’ve got plenty of time to figure out your vote between now and next November, but if you’re curious about what all this means, take a spin through the piece: