Nevada’s Democrat Gov. Steve Sisolak acted against his party’s wishes and vetoed legislation Thursday that sought to commit Nevada’s six electoral votes to whomever wins the popular vote for president.
“Assembly Bill 186 would have joined Nevada to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, (NPVIC), which is an agreement between states to pool their electoral votes and voting results together into one aggregate pot,” Daily Caller reported.
“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,” the governor said in a statement.
Nevada would have joined the 15 states (14 plus the District of Columbia) that have already signed the compact.
The states that already voted to join the compact Include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia
“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,” Sisolak said in his veto statement.
As Daily Caller noted, “The NPVIC does not abolish the Electoral College, which requires amending the Constitution. Rather, by binding electors to vote for candidates achieving a plurality outside their own state, it achieves the results of a popular vote.”
Of course, this is all a very stupid idea. If these states were to implement the plan, they would be giving up their sovereignty in presidential elections.
And all this because liberals have become mentally unhinged over Trump’s election.
Still, even if the compact gets enough states to reach 270 electoral votes, the policy would likely have to face a Supreme Court challenge and would probably not survive to be enacted.
Whatever the case, the whole idea is thoroughly un-American.
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