Nevada voters are about to lose their right to vote for President. Tuesday the Democratic controlled Nevada Senate approved a National Popular Vote bill along a party-line 12-8 vote. Now the legislation will be sent to the Governor who is expected to sign it into law. Assembly bill 186 would force Nevada representatives to the Electoral College to vote for whomever won the national popular vote. Who Nevada voters wanted would become irrelevant.
If Nevada goes with the national popular vote, why would anyone campaign here as our total population is a fraction of the nationwide vote? The popular vote would shift the focus of presidential elections away from the smaller states and would concentrate power in states like California, Illinois and New York which have large population centers that would overwhelm small states.
The founders of our country set us up as a republic and not a democracy in which each state has some say in who becomes president. This was done to insure large popular centers did not control the smaller states like Nevada. Under this new law we would become just a flyover state. No advertising dollars, no hotel rooms and no rallies. Why waste your time when the large number of voters are in big cities.
The big cities are also where the most people who are getting some type of public assistance reside. So simply promise them more free stuff and guess who they will pick. When that occurs we along with the rest of the country will have to support them. That is what our founding fathers tried to prevent.
Groups like Common Cause cheered the Nevada vote. Liberal groups are saying “The movement to abolish the Electoral College is winning”. Although the effort has been billed by organizers as bipartisan, Democrats have embraced the NPV in the aftermath of President Trump’s 2016 victory, which saw the Republicans win the electoral vote but not the popular vote.
If signed by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada would become the 15th state to join the compact. The compact would take effect after states totaling 270 electoral votes, and with Nevada, the total would reach 195.