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August 02, 2004

Supreme court to decide election ... again?

Imagine the following scenario this coming November 2: the polls have closed, and the result is close. The networks have called Colorado for Bush, but there's only a few electoral college votes in the game. The nations fate hangs in the balance once again, with a result determined by a closely fought referendum in Colorado. Sound familiar?

A group of Colorado citizens have proposed a change to the state's constitution specifying that Colorado's nine electors be apportioned strictly in proportion to the popular vote. This proposal is likely to be voted on in November 2, and the outcome will affect the 2004 Presidential election. Should the Colorado voters approve it, then the presidential candidate elected in Colorato will receive just five or six electoral college votes, rather than the whole nine. (The loser in Colorado would receive the remainder of the electoral votes.) In a close race, this could make all the difference, and is likely to spark a Supreme Court review of the new Colorado electoral law.

Thanks to the votemaster at www.electoral-vote.com for giving us the heads-up on what could easily become the Florida of the 2004 election, and also for providing the new Electoral Vote predictor found on the right.

Posted by david at August 2, 2004 01:29 PM | TrackBack
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I would TOTALLY be for this proposal if all states were doing it, and if it wasn't a blatant last-minute end run around an impending Kerry victory in CO. But if they voted it in for the 2008 election, I'd call that fair. But this really can't be a patchwork thing.

Posted by: jay on August 2, 2004 03:02 PM
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