(CNN) – Colorado could be part of voting history next general election day, joining 11 other states looking to ensure that their electoral college votes echo the will of the American majority to elect the next president. Gov. Jared Polis signed a law Friday that would allot the state’s electoral college votes to whichever candidate won the national popular vote. The Washington Post previously reported the law’s signing.

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The trend comes as Americans have shown greater support in recent years for a more democratic presidential election process, without the translational risks of the electoral college. But the daunting requirement of changing the Constitution, where the electoral college is formally codified, has posed a challenge to both public and political support for the issue.

The state’s legislation would only take effect if enough other states sign on to secure the cumulative 270 electors needed to elect a president, and Colorado’s votes raise the current total to 181 electors. Most states have winner-take-all laws in place dictating that their electors go towards whichever candidate takes the state’s popular majority, while Maine and Nebraska opt to proportionally split their electors based on the vote.

The eleven other states that have signed on — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state — as well as the District of Columbia and now Colorado, make up the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. New Mexico, which has five electoral votes, sent a bill to the governor’s desk to elect the president by popular vote and may soon join the group as well.

And the electoral college had been contentious not long ago. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the presidential vote with 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232 votes. But Clinton won the popular vote, garnering 48.5% of the vote to Trump’s 46.4%.

By Caroline Kelly, CNN

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Comments (3)
  1. Bill Loftis says:

    What’s the point of joining in the general election for president if all the other states in the Union determine where Colorado’s electoral votes go? Given the other states’ left leaning proclivities that have joined the compact, this appears to be a chilling voter suppression initiative designed to keep Republicans in Colorado out of the process. Oh wait, maybe that was the purpose of the bill all along.

  2. Glenn Rogers says:

    This state use to be a great state now it is turning into one of the most corrupt states nothing but a bunch of money grabbing politicians.and snowflake crybaby’s running it now. but what they are trying to do now will never fly just get them in courts spending more tax payer money.

  3. Codswallop Hogwash says:

    Fortunately this is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and is therefore meaningless. But this demonstrates the willingness of the far Left who control this state, to give away our voting power to the Coasts, who will dominate elections if this were to happen.
    May they rot in hell!

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