Colorado voters rejected Amendment 36 in Tuesday night’s
election, causing Colorado’s nine electoral votes to be counted in
the traditional “winner-take-all” approach.
“Colorado voters are obviously savvy about outsiders making our
constitution a political petri dish,” said co-founder of Coloradans
Against a Really Stupid Idea – No on 36, Kathy Singer, speaking
about the out-of-state funding of the amendment.
Amendment 36 would have immediately affected this year’s
national election by dividing Colorado’s electoral votes
proportionally based on the percentage of the state’s popular vote
each presidential candidate earned.
Those against Amendment 36 maintained that Colorado would no
longer have national significance in future elections. Candidates
would also possibly have no incentive to spend time and money on
voters in Colorado because the difference between the winner and
the loser in the state would have been only a one electoral vote
Supporters of Amendment 36 asserted that the amendment would
have promoted voter turnout because individual votes would count
more in the distribution of electoral votes. Amendment 36 may have
also encouraged third parties to become involved because they could
win a single electoral vote.
“We believe a lot of positive things came out of this campaign,”
said Julie Brown, campaign director for Make Your Vote Count, a
group that supported Amendment 36. “This is a start. It’s not the