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Nevada Assembly Passes National Popular Vote Bill

Would Make Silver State The 16th State To Join Popular Vote Compact

April 17, 2019 - 1:15 pm

CARSON CITY, NV (KXNT) - The Nevada State Assembly just approved a bill (AB 186) to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. If it becomes law, the state's six Electoral College votes would go to the candidate who wins a majority of the national popular vote. 

The State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would make Nevada the 16th state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The proposal would require the state to pledge all of six of its Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins a majority of the national popular vote. Barry Fadem, president of the nonprofit National Popular Vote, said if enough states sign on, it could go into effect for the 2024 presidential election.

"Two-hundred-seventy electoral votes worth of states, that's the number you need to be elected president," said Fadem. "When enough states do that, yes, those states will award their electoral votes to whoever wins the most votes in all 50 states," he added.

New Mexico recently joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and the Oregon Senate just approved joining. If it becomes law in Nevada and Oregon, the compact would have 202 pledged delegates, 70-percent of what is needed for the popular vote to swing the Electoral College and thus, the election.

Opponents said the change would dilute the power of the eight to 10 "swing states" that currently have the most weight in determining the outcomes of national elections. But Fadem said it would give voters in every state their fair say.

"It makes every vote in every state cast for President count," said Fadem. "So, it doesn't really diminish any states at all; it allows every state to participate in the presidential election," he continued.

Twice in the past 20 years, Republicans have won the U.S. presidency with a majority in the Electoral College after winning slim majorities in battleground states, despite losing the popular vote for their candidates, namely, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has not passed in a single so-called "red" state.