The Nevada Senate has approved a bill, pushing to do away with the Electoral College system.
The bill would require electors to cast their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
The US Constitution mandates the Electoral College system, giving every state a chance to be heard in presidential elections. The system was enacted by America’s founding fathers to give smaller states more influence compared to the more highly populated states such as New York, Texas and California.
If the bill is signed by the governor, Nevada would join 15 states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Several states that have enacted the law include Vermont, Maryland and Illinois.
Nevada’s vote shows that efforts to fight the Electoral College are gaining support out west. “If the bills pass, it would show the plan has momentum outside of the Coastal US, especially in places where Democrats have full control of state government,” NPR recently reported.
After Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats escalated their argument that America’s political system needs an update. Big on their list is abolishing the US Electoral College – letting the popular vote determine who’s elected president.
Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren told supporters, “We can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
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