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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

The tyranny of the national majority

I assume state Sen. Mike Foote and state Reps. Emily Sirota and Jeni Arndt don’t like President Donald Trump. More specifically, they really don’t like National-Popular-Vote-Loser Donald Trump sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the White House.

To ensure the same scenario doesn’t repeat itself in the future, the three legislators sponsored a bill that would tie Colorado’s Electoral College votes to the national popular vote.

To be clear, this is not a knee-jerk reaction to a president from the opposite party. A version of the same bill first passed the state Senate in 2006 and has been proposed on several occasions since.

The 2016 election just underscored the point. Even absent a daily deluge of obnoxious tweets and falsehoods, the idea that Trump took office after receiving almost three million fewer votes — no, there weren’t millions of illegal votes counted — than Hillary Clinton seems objectively unfair. Even worse, it seems patently undemocratic.

Unfortunately, the national popular vote compact is the wrong answer. It would create nothing less than a tyranny of the national majority.

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