Las Vegas Review-Journal: CARSON CITY — Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday issued his first veto, blocking a bill that would have added Nevada to a roster of states seeking to effectively negate the Electoral College and elect the president of the United States by a national popular vote.
Under Assembly Bill 186, Nevada’s six presidential electors would have been required to cast their votes for whichever candidate won the national popular vote, regardless of how residents in the state voted. That would effectively negate the Electoral College system that has been in place since the nation’s founding.
In a statement, Sisolak said that joining other states in approving 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.”
Opinion | Nevada Democrats who were pushing AB 186 owe the governor for saving them from themselves.
Had Gov. Sisolak signed the bill into law, Nevada would have joined fourteen other states to have pledged their electors in the Electoral College to the winner of the national popular vote.
The 15 jurisdictions, which are predominantly blue, that have signed on thus far are: California (55), Colorado (9), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), the District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (20), Massachusetts (11), Maryland (10), New Jersey (14), New Mexico (5), New York (29), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), and Washington (12).
States with smaller electoral vote allocations are essentially neutering any say their smaller populations would have in electing the president by adopting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
An argument could be made that had this been the law in force during 2016, California would have made Hillary Clinton our president.
In 2016 Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2,868,686 votes. He lost California by 4,268,978 votes. That means he carried the popular vote of 49 states and, but for a single state that contemplated secession following the 2016 election, Hillary would be our president.
Adding to the concern generated by turning so much influence over to one state is the disproportionate number of illegal aliens that find sanctuary in California, their ease at registering to vote, and state leaders stated goal of giving them voting rights.
Then there’s the increased potential for voter fraud to have a massively more profound effect on the outcome than it currently does.
Currently, an attempt to steal a presidential election requires phony ballots to appear or real ballots to disappear in the right state or combination of states, something that is very hard to anticipate. But with NPV, voter fraud anywhere can change the election results — no need to figure out which states you must swing; just add or subtract the votes you need — or don’t want — wherever you can most easily get away with it.
Governor Sisolak preserved the relevance of Nevada voters, even if they don’t understand what he did. Kudos to Governor Sisolak.
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