Electoral College Dropouts

March 2, 2019
Photo: Colorado's Electoral College | 2016's nine votes - APBrennan Linsley/AP 
A Colorado elector holds a signed vote certificate during the electoral vote at the Capitol in Denver, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Colorado's nine Democratic electors cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, who won the state.

Colorado is on the verge of becoming the 12th state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The plan could someday commit all of Colorado’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationwide--no matter who wins the state.

It might not come as a surprise that Purplish host Sam Brasch isn’t new to this idea. He first nerded out about the plan in a high school term paper more than a decade ago. This episode, Sam teams up with his 12th-grade civics teacher, Ms. Edna Sutton, to take another look at the compact and figure out whether it could ever work.