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about the 2004 Elections
AMENDMENT 36: Selection
of Presidential Electors in Colorado
2000 Presidential Election created a great deal of interest in the Electoral
College. In 48 states presidential elections are "winner take all"
contests, awarding all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins
the popular vote in their respective states. Currently two states—Nebraska
and Maine—allocate their electoral votes differently. (Two electoral
votes are awarded to the candidate who wins the popular vote in the
state, and one electoral vote is awarded for each congressional district
in which a candidate receives a majority. In practice, neither state
has ever split electoral votes.)
If passed by Colorado voters on November 2, our state's nine electoral
votes will be awarded proportionally to each presidential candidate
in the 2004 election based on the popular vote. Read
the text of Amendment 36 below.
with permission. Mike Keefe, Denver Post, September 26, 2004.
Used with permission. Ed Stein, Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 15, 2004.
Articles in Colorado Press on Amendment 36
to split votes is losing
Imse, Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 29, 2004
36 Stays on Ballot
Alicia Caldwell, Denver Post, Oct. 27,
Judge dismisses challenge to Electoral College ballot measure
Steven K. Paulson, AP., Denver Post, October
36 foe readies his arguments
Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain news, Oct.
to split state's electoral votes is fairer to Coloradans
Nebraska State Senator DiAnna Schimek, Rocky Mountain News, Oct.
no on 36 will shield state's influence, avoid legal nightmare
Ari Armstrong, Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 23, 2004
Count on Electoral Fairness
Carman, Denver Post, Oct. 19, 2004.
Challenges Colorado Electoral Plan
Steven Paulson, Associated Press, Oct. 13, 2004.
Colorado Relevant Reggie River's column,
Denver Post, Oct.1, 2004.
Colorado's Vote: Amendment
26 would change presidential count
Post, Perspective, Julia C. Martinez. September 26,2004.
Empower each voter: Denver Post,
Perspective, Julie Brown. September 26, 2004.
We'd be insignificant: Denver Post, Perspective,
Eric Sondermann, Septmember 26, 2004.
puts Colorado in world's eye
Jim Tankersley, Rocky Mountain News, September 22,
Influence at Risk: Vote against Amendment 36
Rocky Mountain News Editorial, Sept. 19, 2004.
Reggie River's column, Sept. 17, 2004, Denver Post
36 would help third parties, politicos say
Gwen Florio, Sept. 14, 2004, Rocky Mountain
Peter Blake, August 4, 2004, Rocky Mountain News.
would dump Colorado's winner-take-all vote in November
John J. Sanko, Rocky Mountain News, July 31, 2004.
Electoral College reform overdue for Colorado
Senator Ron Tupa, Rocky Mountain News, July 18, 2004.
pushes for vote switch Colo. would split presidential tally
Susan Greene, Denver Post, June 15, 2004.
Your Vote Count: A Colorado Initiative for Electoral Reform
Mike Rosen's Rocky Mountain News Column, May 28, 2004.
Media on Colorado Amendment 36
the Race Tightens, Enthusiasm for a Ballot Proposal Wanes
Johnson, The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2004.
voters lose interest in split
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, October
College alternatives deserve careful scrutiny
Broder, syndicated columnist. Seattle Times, October 21,2004.
wanes for Colo. initiative to split electors
Marre, The Hill Newspaper for and about the US Congress, October 19,
as ground zero in debate over Electoral College
Kass, Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 18, 2004.
Florida of 2004?
Mitch Frank, Time Magazine, October 14, 2004.
Coloradoans to Consider Splitting Electoral College Votes
Kirk Johnson, Sept. 19, 2004. New York Times.
George Will, The Last Word, Newsweek
Magazine, August 30, 2004.
Electoral College Says New York Times
By REUTERS. August 28, 2004.
Rocky Electoral Picture
Bruce Bartlett, National Review. August 23, 2004.
Bill Whalen, The Weekly Standard, Aug. 18, 2004.
EV Splitting Initiative is on the Ballot
Weblog posted by DavidNYC, August 17, 2004, swingstateproject.com
A project to analyze the key swing states in the 2004 Presidential election.
Weighs Proportional Electoral Votes
AP. USA Today. August 16, 2004.
Articles on the Electoral College
the Electoral College.
column. New York Times, August 20, 2004. (Part of editorial series in
the New York Times, Making
to Be Tied
Robert Bennett, New York Times, August 11, 2004.
College Reform Falls Flat
Daniel Seligson, Staff Writer, Stateline, March 28, 2001.
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