Letter to the editor: Vote no on Prop 113

Posted 10/7/20

Vote no on Prop 113 It’s important we vote NO on Proposition 113 (National Popular Vote) so that our Colorado voices continue to matter. Our electoral votes for president should continue to go to …

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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Prop 113

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Vote no on Prop 113

It’s important we vote NO on Proposition 113 (National Popular Vote) so that our Colorado voices continue to matter. Our electoral votes for president should continue to go to whomever earns the most votes in Colorado. However, Prop 113 wants to disregard our Colorado voices and instead give our votes to whomever the majority of our country, not the majority of Coloradans, vote for. Do we want Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and other big population centers determining Colorado’s vote? No wonder there is bipartisan opposition to this bill.

This end-run around the Constitution harms Colorado’s national voice. Knowing that big population centers would carry much more weight, candidates would be less likely to campaign for Colorado’s vote — they wouldn’t need it like they do today. This leads to disenfranchised voters while diminishing Colorado’s voice on the national stage. And because our voices wouldn’t matter as much, we’d have less influence on key national policy decisions.

The vast majority of funding for this bill is coming from California. They’re pouring millions into this campaign to try to take our Colorado votes away from us. The last thing we need is California dictating Western water policy and imposing its high-tax, big government, job-killing agenda on Colorado.

The Electoral College was established at our founding to ensure that a president has to appeal to the whole country, not just the largest population centers. Let’s preserve the importance of our Colorado voice by voting NO on Prop 113!

Jim Hellmer

Highlands Ranch

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