Nevada votes to give Electoral College votes to popular vote winner

After the 2016 election ended poorly for Democrats, there has been lots of buzz from their camp about abolishing the Electoral College. And apparently Nevada’s state senate is on board with that as well, passing a bill to give their Electoral College votes to the national popular vote winner.

The governor, Steve Sisolak, a Democrat still has to sign it though. But if he does, it will add Nevada’s six electoral votes to the 189 votes that have already been pledged by 14 other states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which according to their website, would “guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

Maine passed a similar bill earlier this year, but it’s waiting on a governor signature.

There have been five times when the national popular vote did not also line up with the Electoral College vote: John Quincy Adams (1824), Rutherford B. Hayes (1876), Benjamin Harrison (1888), George W. Bush (2000) and Donald Trump (2016).

 

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