Republican Senator Cory Gardner is speaking out after Colorado Governor Jared Polis revealed that he would support getting rid of the electoral college.
Polis revealed during an interview with The Hill that he would support a bill that would end the electoral college in Colorado in favor of a popular voting system. Gardner wrote an op-ed for The Denver Post to speak out against the popular vote bill.
“Our founding fathers created the Senate to make sure each state has equal representation in our national government,” said Gardner. “The Senate would act as a check on more populous states trying to impose their will on smaller, rural states. The fact that every state is equal is central to our Republic.”
The electoral college system is a way to guard against issues with the popular vote and to give smaller states and minorities an opportunity to have their voices be heard. Gardner spoke about the benefits of the system and why it has worked for so many years.
“The Electoral College is another unique system the founders created to take into account a state’s population but maintain each state’s unique, independent voice when electing the president. Our founding fathers did not get everything right, but their system did create a union where every single state is appropriately represented in Congress and in the manner in which we elect the president.”
Colorado Sen just passed the National Popular Vote bill SB 19-042. It enters Colorado into an interstate compact with other states with the goal of awarding electoral college votes based on the popular vote nationwide, as opposed to state by state contests pic.twitter.com/HdyM5q9mUb
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) January 30, 2019
Polis called the electoral college an “undemocratic relic” of the past and says it is time to update the system. He announced that he will sign a measure that will award the state’s electoral college votes to the national popular vote winner.
“I’ve long supported electing the president by who gets the most votes,” Polis said. “It’s a way to move towards direct election of the president.”
Eleven other states and the District of Columbia have passed similar measures, but Gardner hopes to caution other states not to follow Colorado’s footsteps.
“I’m an optimist, I’ve always been an optimist, and I first got involved in politics to give the people in the rural part of Colorado where I come from a louder voice,” said Gardner. “But now I’m afraid all of Colorado could lose its voice.”