DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Senate has passed a bill to have the state award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Democratic Sen. Mike Foote’s bill would have Colorado join 11 states and the District of Columbia in what’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
It would change how Colorado’s electoral votes are cast at the Electoral College. Currently, 270 electoral votes are needed to win the U.S. presidency. Compact proponents say it would go into effect once enough states with 270 votes enter the pact.READ MORE: Restauranteurs, Artists, Casa Bonita Fans Team Up To Help Shape Future Of Landmark After Bankruptcy Filing
Colorado has nine electoral votes. Compact members currently have 172 electors.
The bill, which passed on party lines Tuesday, goes to the Democrat-controlled House.READ MORE: Crews Attempt To Rescue Man After Trench Collapse At Johnstown Construction Site
Several presidents, most recently Donald Trump in 2016, were elected with an electoral college majority despite losing the popular vote.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story The Associated Press reported erroneously that the compact would replace the Electoral College. The compact would change how Colorado’s electoral votes are cast at the college.MORE NEWS: County Lines Divide Neighboring Restaurants Between Fully Open And Socially-Distanced
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