In his latest Justia blog post, Illinois law dean and professor Vikram David Amar comments on the most recent development for the election reform movement known as the National Popular Vote (“NPV”) interstate compact plan—its imminent adoption by Colorado. Amar describes three reasons that Colorado’s adoption of the plan is such a significant step for the movement. He writes:
"First, Colorado is a not a deep blue state. As I have written many times before, the NPV movement will not get to 270 and—more importantly – will not have legitimacy in the eyes of America until red and blue states have joined it. Until a red state joins the mix, it will be, as I have said, “hard to debunk the fear that red state folks have that the National Popular Vote bill is a Democratic scheme rather than a democratic idea.” Colorado is not a reliably red state, but neither is it reliably blue over the last quarter century; the Republican presidential candidate won in 1996, 2000, and 2004, and the Democrat won in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Adoption in Colorado is thus a good stepping stone to adoption in truly red states."
Read the full post at verdict.justia.com.