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Gov. Sisolak Vetoes Presidential Popular Vote Bill to Preserve Nevadan Impact on National Elections

Adam Porsborg

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As reported by The Nevada Independent Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) “has issued his first veto out of the 2019 legislative session, rejecting a proposal that would have pledged Nevada’s six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote for the presidency.”

“Once effective, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests and force Nevada’s electors to side with whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans choose,” explained Gov. Sisolak in a recent statement.

The bill would’ve seen the State of Nevada join a group of 15 others that have agreed to award their presidential votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

If adopted by enough states, the national popular vote compact would effectively castrate the electoral college, a constitutional creation that awards states one presidential vote for each of its congressional delegates.

That effort raised concerns among Sisolak and others who worried the popular vote approach would diminish Nevada’s role on the national political stage.

“I recognize that many of my fellow Nevadans may disagree on this point and I appreciate the legislature’s thoughtful consideration of this important issue,” he added. “As Nevada’s governor, I am obligated to make such decisions according to my own conscience. In cases like this, where Nevada’s interests could diverge from the interests of large states, I will always stand up for Nevada.”

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