Amendment 36 is on the ballot for Election Day. This amendment would alter the apportionment of Colorado’s electoral votes to an extremely bizarre porportional system. Not winner-take-all, not the logical (though dilutive, in my opinion) system used by Maine and Nebraska, but a system wherein all nine votes will be divvied up according to the percentage of popular vote statewide. It is also written so that if it passes, it will apply retroactively to this year’s presidential voting. It is supported mostly by Democrats, funded by some jerk from California, and makes me ashamed of my party.
The rationale behind this seems to be that if this amendment had been in effect in 2000, our votes would have split 5-3 for Bush (we gained a seat from the last census), and Gore would have won election as president, and that Kerry may need the (likely) four votes he would get even if Bush wins the state again.
This is the most idiotic, short-sighted, and flat out stupid idea to have appeared on the ballot here in some years. First off, Colorado is in play this year thanks to a wide open Senate race. It’s possible that Kerry could take the state. Then this idea would have cost him votes.
Second off, it removes any incentive for a presidential candidate to pay any attention to Colorado. Nine electoral votes is a decent prize; it’s no New York, but it’s not Wyoming either. If this passes, except in rare instances of extreme landslide, the votes will always be distributed 5-4. The winner of the state will gain precisely one electoral vote. That’s worse than Wyoming! Colorado’s influence on the national scene would dwindle from little to none.
Third off, and partly related to the first off, is that Colorado may not always be safely Republican. Times do change. It’s just dumb to attempt to make such a major change for a situation that possibly will not exist 10 or 30 years from now. It’s shooting a gnat with an elephant gun.
Fourth off, the opposition group is named “Coloradans Against a Really Stupid Idea.” I like that.
I’ll be driving around with ‘Kerry for President’, ‘Salazar for Senate’, and ‘No on 36’ stickers on my car this fall. I could possibly get behind a change to the Maine/Nebraska model, but this? This is just ridiculous!