Letter to the editor: No on Prop 113

Posted 10/15/20

No on Prop 113 It’s rare for bipartisan agreement these days. However, we’re seeing that on Proposition 113 as people are standing together saying no to it! Prop 113 would give Colorado’s …

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Letter to the editor: No on Prop 113

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No on Prop 113

It’s rare for bipartisan agreement these days. However, we’re seeing that on Proposition 113 as people are standing together saying no to it! Prop 113 would give Colorado’s presidential electoral votes to whomever gets the majority of votes in the country, not based on whom we vote for in Colorado. We know our diverse Colorado voices may be different than CA, TX, or NY and that they should still be heard in the election — not just handed over to whomever these larger population centers vote for.

If our electoral votes simply go to whomever wins the popular vote, presidential candidates will not spend time in smaller population areas but instead focus on larger coastal populations. They will cater to the “needs” of those areas while overlooking what’s important to us — because our electoral votes are now tied to those larger population centers. That diminishes Colorado’s voice on the national stage, which means our needs will less likely be addressed.

Our founders created the electoral college to ensure the diversity of our nation was represented — to get agreement not just from a lot of people but from a lot of people in a lot of different places. In contrast, Prop 113 does not value the diversity of thought and experience across our country — no wonder most of its funding comes from California.

Let’s continue to ensure our Colorado voice is represented nationally and that presidential candidates value Colorado, not just the big coastal population centers. Let’s vote no on Prop 113!

Gene Hawley

Castle Rock

Vote no on NPV plan

Colorado has 1.8% of the U.S. population. That simple fact is the reason to reject Proposition 113. Presidential candidates will focus all their time and their resources on the large population centers such CA, NY, IL, TX, and FL.

The long-term consequences are ominous: think about the allocation of federal dollars for highways, social services, medical care, and environmental programs for CO. There will be NO incentive whatsoever for decision-making politicians to put money into CO or to protect our interests. Imagine the power that California would have if they demand all the water coming from the Rocky Mountains? Federal laws would be changed and there would be little our state could do to stop the theft. If the National Popular Vote were to become reality, it would permanently establish CO (and much of the US) as flyover country. Large population centers would control dollars because they control voting outcomes.

With our current nine electoral votes, presidential candidates and decision-makers in Washington know that they must balance time, attention, and resources amongst all 50 states. Vote for your state, vote for 50-state balance and vote against Proposition 113.

Jerry Rath

Highlands Ranch

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