Coloradans will vote on whether to give Presidential votes to more populous states
DENVER (August 29, 2019) – Today, the Colorado Secretary of State certified for the November 2020 election the petition challenging the National Popular Vote in Colorado. Petition proponents, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Mayor Don Wilson, look forward to the coming campaign to defeat the National Popular Vote in Colorado.
“The people of Colorado will have their voice heard! We will not give our votes for President to states like California and New York,” said Pugliese. “I look forward to the campaign ahead, and I look forward to defeating Colorado’s participation in the National Popular Vote scheme.”
In the certification, the Secretary’s office found that “because the random sample verification established that the projected number of valid signatures totals 147.37 of the amount required for placement on the ballot, the SB 19-042 Referendum is sufficient and will be certified to the 2020 general election ballot.”
“This is an awesome victory for the thousands of Coloradans who volunteered their time to circulate petitions, and for the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who signed the petition to veto Colorado’s participation in the National Popular Vote scheme,” said Mayor Wilson. “Supporters of the National Popular Vote have already started their smear campaign to confuse voters. We know we’re in for a fight, and we’re ready to defeat the National Popular Vote in November 2020!”
The referendum petition filed by Pugliese and Wilson required 124,632 valid signatures to place Senate Bill 19-042, the National Popular Vote, on the November 2020 ballot. The Secretary’s office calculated that the effort submitted 228,832 signatures and projected that 183,673 were valid. Protect Colorado’s Vote, and others opposed to the National Popular Vote scheme, will ask for a “No” vote on the November 2020 ballot question.
On February 21, 2019, Commissioner Pugliese and Mayor Wilson filed a petition challenging the implementation of Senate Bill 19-042, the National Popular Vote. On Saturday, March 16th, Coloradans Vote started collecting signatures to protect Colorado’s votes for President by putting the National Popular Vote (SB 19-042) adopted by the Colorado Legislature and signed by Governor Jared Polis, on the November 2020 general election ballot.
Proponents of the Citizens Veto, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, and Monument Mayor Don Wilson, have worked to build the largest volunteer outreach effort ever mobilized by a statewide initiative or referendum petition. More than 2,200 volunteers circulated petitions to keep Colorado’s votes for President from going to states like California, Illinois, and New York.
The Secretary determined that 228,832 signatures were delivered to place the National Popular Vote scheme on the November 2020 ballot. The signature count represents the most signatures ever gathered to place a measure on the statewide ballot, surpassing the previous record of 212,332. More than 100,000 signatures were collected by volunteers, making it the most successful volunteer effort of its kind in Colorado history.
Republicans and Democrats voted against SB 19-042 in the Legislature and former Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper went on record opposing the National Popular Vote scheme in March of this year admitting that, “our Founding Fathers got things pretty right.”
Since then, Nevada’s Democratic Governor vetoed similar legislation there and a bipartisan coalition of legislators killed the same in Maine after much political theater.
We are excited to be certified for the ballot and look forward to asking people concerned about the National Popular Vote scheme to vote “No” on the November 2020 ballot question. We are confident that Coloradans will exercise their Citizen’s Veto of this poorly conceived political powergrab in November 2020.
Rose Pugliese is a Mesa County Commissioner. In 2016, she was elected to her second term on the Mesa County Commission, where she currently serves as Chair. She is an attorney and lives in Orchard Mesa with her husband and two young children.
Don Wilson is the Mayor of the Town of Monument. He has served on Monument’s Board of Trustees since 2016 as Mayor Pro-Tem and was elected Mayor in 2018. Mayor Wilson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is married with one teenage son.