On Tuesday, the Nevada Senate approved the National Popular Vote bill by a 12-8 vote and sent the legislation “aimed at upending the electoral college” to the governor, the Washington Times reported.
This Assembly Bill 186 would bring Nevada into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which requires electors to vote for the national vote-winner instead of the candidate who received the most votes in their state. Therefore, as Valerie Richardson at the Washington Times wrote, the bill would not eliminate the Electoral College, but would “render it irrelevant.”
Should Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak sign the bill, Nevada would become the 16th jurisdiction to join the compact, along with 14 states and the District of Columbia. As more states join the compact, power is increasingly concentrated in states with the largest population centers, like California and New York and states like Nevada lose some of their sovereignty.
“If we go to a national popular vote, why would they even bother coming here?,” said Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler during last month’s debate. “Our constitution says we’re a republic, not a democracy.”