One candidate in Colorado's gubernatorial election has called for eliminating its one-person, one-vote approach in favor of a state-level electoral college to weight votes according to population.

Greg Lopez, a Republican candidate for Colorado's governor, has pitched the idea of using an electoral college-based approach for statewide political office, arguing the current system favors large cities at the expense of more rural counties.


"One of the things that I'm going to do, and I've already put this plan together, is, as governor, I'm going to introduce a conversation about doing away with the popular vote for statewide elected officials and doing an electoral college vote for statewide elected officials," Lopez said in audio acquired by 9News in a report published Wednesday.

The plan would weigh a county's votes based on the number of voters in the district in hopes of increasing turnout.

"I've already got the plan in place," Lopez said. "The most that any county can get is 11 electoral college votes. The least that a county can get is three."

If the approach were adopted in the 2018 gubernatorial election, it would have been a notable success for Republicans, according to an analysis done by the outlet.

Colorado is not the first state that could adopt such a practice. Until 2021, Mississippi's Constitution required a candidate for statewide office to win the popular vote and the majority of state House districts. If the candidate did not win the majority of districts, then the election would be left to the state House of Representatives.

Mississippi residents ended the process during the November 2020 election and replaced it with the requirement that candidates unable to attain majorities face runoff elections.

Lopez's proposal appears to be part of a larger effort to promote election integrity. While Lopez said he believes former President Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, he has continued to promote concerns about election integrity. He has also expressed support for Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who has received three ethics complaints regarding her handling of gifts from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.


Lopez's Republican primary rival, Heidi Ganahl, has not commented on his proposal.

Lopez's office did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.