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12 states, and D.C., want to change how the electoral college works

In this illustration, a series of voting booths get longer over time, like a bar chart.
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Colorado is the latest to join a growing list of states that plan to give all their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, instead of the candidate with the most votes in their own state, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: If enough states joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, the electoral college delegate procedure (and the 2020 election) would fundamentally change. But the participating states need a combined 270 electoral votes to put the law into effect, and the current list of 12 states — plus Washington, D.C. — only add up to 181 votes. Since Republican-controlled legislatures have yet to support the compact, this change is unlikely to occur, per the Post.

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