When I last posted about my proposal to work at the state level to get states to award their electoral votes proportionally many readers in the comments pointed out, rightly, that if big blug states like California and New York did this without similar changes for Texas and Georgia it would amount to unilateral disarmament. Well it looks like Colorado just might unilaterally disarm: A plan to scrap the winner-take-all system of allocating electoral votes in Colorado is heading to the ballot in November. If passed, Amendment 36 would make Colorado the first state to allocate electoral votes proportionately according to the popular vote, rather than giving a winner all of the state's electoral votes. Secretary of State Donetta Davidson said Friday that supporters have gathered enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. If the proposal had been in place four years ago, Democrat Al Gore would have earned enough electoral votes to go to the White House.
Christopher Hayes is the host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. He is an editor at large at the Nation and a former senior editor of In These Times.