Colorado

On March 15, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed the National Popular Vote bill (status of SB19-042), making Colorado the 13th jurisdiction to enact the National Popular Vote interstate compact into law.  

On February 21, 2019, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill 34-29 (status of SB19-042) and sent the bill to Governor Polis.  Governor Jared Polis recently told an audience at Blevins Middle School in Fort Collins, “I’ll have my pen ready” when the measure reaches his desk.

On February 15, 2019, an article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported that Governor Jared Polis told a town hall meeting in Fort Collins that "I'll have the pen ready" if the National Popular Vote hits his desk.

On February 12, 2019, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to approve the National Popular Vote bill (status of SB19-042). The bill now goes to the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Hearing on National Popular Vote bill at House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee on February 12, 2019

On January 29, 2019, the National Popular Vote bill was approved 19-16 on third reading by the Colorado Senate.  The bill now goes to the Colorado House of Representatives.

The National Popular Vote bill in Colorado has been endorsed by Common Cause Colorado, League of Women Voters of Colorado, AFL-CIO Colorado, Working Families Party Colorado, March-On Colorado, National March-On, COLOR, Our Revolution Metro Denver, and America Votes Colorado. 

On January 28, 2019, the National Popular Vote bill was approved on second reading by the Colorado Senate (status of SB19-042).  

Senator Michael Foote leads debate on SB42 in Colorado Senate on January 28, 2019

On Wednesday January 23, 2019, the  State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee held a 4 1/2 hour public hearing on the National Popular Vote bill (status of SB19-042). A total of 72 people signed up to testify. The committee approved the bill by a 3-2 vote. 

State Senator Michael Foote and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold at witness table at Senate hearing on January 23, 2019

In January 2019, Senator Foote is sponsoring the National Popular Vote bill (status of SB19-042) in the Senate, and Representatives Sirota and Arndt are sponsoring the bill in the  Colorado House of Representatives.   

n 2017, Senator Andy Kerr and Representative Paul Rosenthal introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of SB17-099), along with Senators Irene Aguilar, Steve Fenberg, Leroy Garcia, Lucia Guzman, Matt Jones, John Kefalas,Michael Merrifield,Dominick Moreno, and Angela Williams.

On March 17, 2009, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill (HB 1299).

CaptionColorado Representative Andrew Kerr, sponsor of the National Popular Vote bill in Colorado, speaking during House debate on March 17, 2009. 

A survey of 800 Colorado voters conducted on December 21-22, 2008 showed 68% overall support for a national popular vote for President. Support was 79% among Democrats, 56% among Republicans, and 70% among independents. By age, support was 83% among 18-29 year olds, 59% among 30-45 year olds, 71% among 46-65 year olds, and 66% for those older than 65 By gender, support was 77% among women and 58% among men. By race, support was 68% among whites (representing 81% of respondents), 75% among Hispanics (representing 12% of respondents), 57% among African American (representing 4% of respondents), and 62% of Others (representing 4% of respondents). The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.

On January 24, 2007, the Colorado State Senate approved the National Popular Vote bill (SB-07-046 ). The Senate's approval on third (final) reading followed the Senate's approval on second reading on January 22. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs on January 17. 

CaptionColorado Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon presents National Popular Vote bill to Senate Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs on January 17, 2007

Representative Jack Pommer is sponsoring the National Popular Vote bill in the Colorado House of Representatives.

The bill was introduced into Colorado Legislature on January 10, 2007, by Colorado Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon. The National Popular Vote bill would enact an interstate compact entitled the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote" in Colorado.

In 2006, Colorado's Senate was the first state legislative house in the nation to pass National Popular Vote's legislation for nationwide election of the President (SB 06-223). Among the Senators voting for the bill on its third reading on April 17, 2006, were Senators Ken Gordon (D), John Evans (R), and Lew Entz (R). During debate on April 14, Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon said,

"We're trying to count every vote equally. … We think the president should be the person who gets the majority vote. It's the bedrock of our democracy."

Senator Evan (Parker) said on April 14,

"This bill addresses some serious flaws in the Electoral College process."

The Colorado Senate's action on April 17, 2006, followed a favorable vote on the bill's second reading on April 14, 2006, and a favorable vote on April 10, 2006, in the Senate Judiciary Committee. At that time, the committee heard testimony from Colorado Common Cause Executive Director Pete Maysmith, National Popular Vote President Barry Fadem, Dr. John R. Koza (originator of the National Popular Vote bill), and Colorado attorney Mark Grueskin. A Denver Post editorial on April 19, 2006, said it is "time to rethink presidential elections."

In a statement on April 15, 2006, referring to the Colorado Senate's favorable vote on the bill's second reading, Senator Gordon said,

"This is the bill that would join Colorado in a compact of states who would all agree to send their votes to the person who receives the largest popular vote in the country. The compact only goes into effect if states representing a majority of the Electoral College join. Right now not everyone's vote is equal in electing a President. I think it makes sense to make the President the person who gets the most votes. It is revolutionary, I admit. It is called democracy. I know some people are concerned. It is a big change, and I don't want to discount the concerns of people who feel we should be cautious, but I believe that if the framers of the Constitution were around now they would favor a woman's right to vote, they would oppose slavery and they would support electing the President by majority vote."