Background: The Electoral College picks U.S. presidents by awarding electors to the candidate who wins each state, rather than the one who wins the most votes nationwide. It’s become a target of the left in recent years as critics argue the system gives disproportionate political power to rural states and allows just a handful of swing states to decide national elections. Still, supporters say it ensures small-states’ rights are not overshadowed entirely by a few massive population centers in states such as California and New York. Colorado has been at the forefront of the debate in recent years, and home to the “faithless elector” movement in 2016, a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, and a controversial 2019 bill to join a national popular-vote movement that faces a repeal vote in November.
Keep the Electoral College
A: Hickenlooper has expressed reservations about dropping the Electoral College. He told The Sun in 2019: “In the end, our Founding Fathers got things pretty right. It might be best to just stay right where we are.”
Electoral College should be abolished
A: Romanoff believes the national popular vote -- not the Electoral College -- should determine who wins, so the candidate with the most votes would become president.
Background: The rules in the U.S. Senate necessitate 60 votes to pass legislation, rather than a majority vote of the 100-person chamber. If Democrats retake the chamber, some in the party want to abolish the rules to require a supermajority vote. The current Republican majority now uses a simple majority to approve Supreme Court nominations.
Open to limited repeal
A: Hickenlooper’s campaign said he supports “amending the Senate rules on a case-by-case basis.”
Background: An issue that once didn’t receive much attention is getting new interest amid the 2020 election: increasing the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. It comes as Republicans in the U.S. Senate have used their majority to appoint conservatives to the federal court system.
He stands opposed
A: He said it's a bad idea because of the precedent it sets. But he does support requiring a vote within a set period after a president appoints a Supreme Court justice to avoid what happened to Obama nominee Merrick Garland. He did not specify what timeline he would support.
Impose term limits on justices
A: Romanoff didn’t express support for adding members, but he favors a plan to impose limits on the numbers of years justices can serve and staggering them across presidential terms. This would ensure that each president would get a number of appointees. He did not offer specifics on how it would work.
Yes, but he hesitated
A: Hickenlooper now says he supported the article of impeachment against Trump. But back in October 2019, he hesitated when asked whether Trump committed impeachable offenses.
Vote to remove Trump from office
A: Romanoff believes the Senate should have voted to remove Trump from office because he violated the constitution and committed impeachable offenses, such as inviting a foreign government to investigate a political rival and obstructing Congress.