Daily Camera (Boulder)

Time to cre­ate more eq­uity

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Fif­teen other ju­ris­dic­tions have signed onto the Na­tional Pop­u­lar Vote Com­pact. They have cho­sen to use the power granted to states through the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to change the Elec­toral Col­lege sys­tem. They are lead­ing the coun­try to­wards much needed change. Why should Colorado not join them?

If we are truly a state that be­lieves in racial eq­uity, it is time to look at dif­fer­ences in how votes count.

With the cur­rent sys­tem, not all votes are equal. In par­tic­u­lar, votes cast by peo­ple of color are worth far less than white votes.

“In 2016, Wy­oming, where 84 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is white, had one elec­toral vote for ev­ery 187,875 res­i­dents. Cal­i­for­nia, where 62 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is made up of mi­nori­ties, had one elec­toral vote for ev­ery 677,344 res­i­dents.” (Ben­jamin Wad­dell, 2020)

In ad­di­tion, with the num­ber of swing states rapidly de­creas­ing, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates are spend­ing the ma­jor­ity of their time and ef­forts in pre­dom­i­nantly white swing states like Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ari­zona, and Florida.

The cur­rent Elec­toral Col­lege sys­tem is out­dated. It does not pro­vide for the de­vel­op­ment of ur­ban ar­eas and di­ver­sity our na­tion holds to­day. To not ac­knowl­edge the flaws in the sys­tem is to turn our backs on racial eq­uity.

While there are many ways to change the Elec­toral Col­lege sys­tem, we can­not con­tinue to wait. It is time for the vot­ers in our state to take a step to­wards en­sur­ing all votes are equal and vote “yes” on na­tional pop­u­lar vote.

SHELBY BATES Boul­der

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