Nevada might become 15th state to drop Electoral College in favor of popular vote – CBS News

Nevada might join popular vote compact

Nevada could become the 15 th Democratic-leaning state to enact legislation that would permit its electoral votes to be allocated based on the winner of the national popular vote throughout a presidential election.

A proposal passed by the state Senate on Tuesday is now sitting in the desk of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who has not openly suggested his position on the multi-state effort developed to make sure presidents are chosen by the popular vote, rather than the tally of Electoral College votes. The Nevada Assembly approved the step in April.

If signed into law, Nevada would sign up with the so-called National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an arrangement between 14 states and the District of Columbia that looks for to ensure that the winner of the popular vote is chosen president. The pact’s goal would only be attained when the states that adopt the legislation jointly have 270 or more electoral votes.

Up until now, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York City, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia have actually registered for the pact. The variety of electoral votes in between the group totals up to 189.

Citing the elections of President Trump and George W. Bush, who won the presidency while losing the popular vote in 2016 and 2000, numerous Democrats have actually promoted for a change to the method state electoral votes are bestowed.

Just recently, some high-profile Democrats, consisting of those contending for the celebration’s governmental nomination in 2020, have actually called for the complete abolition of the Electoral College, casting it as an archaic system antithetical to a more direct democracy.

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