Gov. Polis signs national popular vote bill into law

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis speaks at an election night rally on November 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Polis defeated incumbent Republican Walker Stapleton to become the first openly gay man elected Governor in the country.(Photo by Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images)

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis signed the controversial national popular vote bill into law Friday.

The new law requires Colorado electors to the Electoral College vote for the winner of the national popular vote for president and not the winner of the Colorado popular vote.

The measure would only take effect if states with a total of 270 electoral votes agree to do the same.

Currently, 11 states have joined the “interstate compact” authorizing the national popular vote.

“Every vote should count equally,” said Rep. Emily Sirota (D-Denver),  a prime sponsor of the bill.

Colorado currently has nine electoral votes. The state is expected to gain another vote following the 2020 Census.

Critics have said the measure is unconstitutional. There is even an effort to recall the law by putting it to a vote of the people later this year.

The bill is not expected to impact the 2020 election. A lawsuit to the Supreme Court would likely take place if this law would ever take effect.

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