CO Radio Host: 'Rural Voters Will Feel More Disenfranchised' With New Popular Vote Law
A Colorado radio host said much of his audience was outraged that Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed legislation tying the Centennial State to the National Popular Vote initiative.
The move means that no matter how the people of Colorado vote in presidential elections, the state's electoral votes will go to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote.
Ross Kaminsky said his state is only the latest of several to sign the "compact," as it is being called.
Additionally, Delaware's state legislature approved similar legislation in Dover last week, meaning the First State could be the next state to join the compact if Gov. John Carney (D-Del.) approves of it.
Kaminsky said that many of the states that have approved national popular vote compacts are already "deep blue" Democratic states, but that he sees Colorado as a swing state.
Kaminsky said that although it has trended leftward in recent years, its popular votes would not have been out of the reach of Republicans before Polis signed the compact.
"Rural voters will feel even more disenfranchised," Kaminsky said, noting that presidential candidates will shift their campaign tactics to focus only on large urban centers where the voting base is large.
Critics fear that voter-rich states like New York, California, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and Texas will receive undue extra attention from candidates if the electoral college is rendered moot.
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