Nevada’s Democrat governor vetoes bill to abolish Electoral College

Our Founding Fathers created a federal republic, wherein the national government shares political power with state governments, instead of a centralized political system like China or the United Kingdom where political power is in the central government, and whatever powers are exercised by regional and local governments have been delegated to them — and thus, can also be taken away — by the national government.

To enable and uphold the American federation, the Founders created the U.S. Senate, in which each constituent state is represented by two senators, no matter the size of the state’s population. The Electoral College is another institution to prevent presidential elections from being determined by states with very large populations.

Cognizant that human passions can descend into mob-like behaviors, the Founders had another reason for the Electoral College: to prevent a tyranny of the (irrational) majority. The Founders’ fear of majority mob-rule was borne out less than 3 years after they created the Electoral College in 1787 when the French Revolution plunged the country into a decade of chaos and bloodbath.

Still in denial that Hillary Clinton had lost the 2016 presidential election and convinced that she had secured a majority of the popular vote, Democrats are mobilizing to abolish the Electoral College via the National Popular Vote interstate compact. To date, 14 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to give their 189 Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote. The pact will only take effect if states holding the majority of the Electoral College’s 538 electoral votes join the agreement.

On May 21, 2019, by a 12-8 vote, the Nevada State Senate passed a bill to give the state’s 6 Electoral College votes to the winner of the presidential election’s national popular vote. Earlier, Nevada’s State Assembly had passed the bill 23-17. The addition of Nevada would boost the National Popular Vote interstate compact’s electoral votes to 195.

Happily, Nevada’s Democrat governor Steve Sisolak, who is threatened with a recall petition, surprised his critics by doing the right thing.

Gov. Steve Sisolak

As reported by The Hill, yesterday, Governor Sisolak vetoed Assembly Bill 186 that would have pledged Nevada’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Sisolak said in a statement:

After thoughtful deliberation, I have decided to veto Assembly Bill 186.

Once effective, 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.

I recognize that many of my fellow Nevadans may disagree on this point and I appreciate the legislature’s thoughtful consideration of this important issue.

~Eowyn

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William
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Sisolak having done the right thing the raging woke will probably now declare him a DINO. Or worse.. Clinton did not win the popular vote in 2016. On election night the dems used their classic strategy of holding back vote totals in close states. That way they would have a more accurate picture of how many “votes” they would have to manufacture. After the election votes kept pouring in, millions, from everywhere, overwhelmingly favoring her. Statistically impossible or very close to it. That was their plan b, to challenge the “legitimacy” of Trump’s electoral majority. She wasn’t supposed to lose… Read more »

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I read that the Pantsuit Princess delivered a graduation address in which she whined the entire time about her being deprived of the Presidency. She even referred to herself as “Madam President”. It is more than obvious that this effort to nullify the Electoral College is the direct product of her losing a rigged election. If that isn’t bad enough, look who’s now an “expert” on cyber security: http://www.stationgossip.com/2019/05/hilarious-look-who-cyber-defense-summit.html We are truly living in insane times. We have talking heads insisting on impeachment for failing to adequately prove one’s innocence. We have IG criminal referrals that the new AG refuses… Read more »

Kid
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Good on ya Governor.

Steven Broiles
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I am glad that Gov. Sisolak has done the right thing. But this is what really alarms me: We have a CONSTITUTION. Now are we going to live by it or not??? If enough people really believe that the Electoral College is a bad idea (it is not for the reasons you state), they can amend the Constitution and repeal the Electoral College. But that will never happen, so they go the next best route, and come up with this law. Several states have done this, and they don’t care if the Supreme Court knocks it down, because that would… Read more »

Grif
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The goal for these would-be hijackers of the election process is 270. That is the number of electoral votes it takes to elect a president and vice president under the current census. At present, 14 states plus the District of Columbia have joined the compact. Maine and Nevada are the latest states whose legislatures have agreed to pledge their electoral votes to the popular vote winner. But with the veto by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-Nevada), only Maine’s vote still is up in the air. If both Nevada and Maine were part of the compact, the then group of 16 Democrat-controlled… Read more »

CalGirl
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CalGirl

The framework of the Constitution trumps states’ rights, which has already been prosecuted by a Civil War and all the ammendments that followed. Nevadian law-makers and their ilk can pound sand.

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

Here’s the comical way a twit @nymag.com put the story:

“The Electoral College is an indefensibly stupid institution. Contrary to depressingly widespread belief, America’s contemporary approach to electing presidents does not uphold the Framers’ intentions, or encourage presidential candidates to campaign in rural areas, or give small states a way of checking the power of big ones, or achieve any of the other stupid, high-minded objectives that the Electoral College’s defenders stupidly champion.”

Social Democrats… idiots.

In other news, the Maine House of Reps ALSO rejected the move:
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/05/30/maine-house-rejects-move-to-change-electoral-college-system/

Lindsay
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Lindsay

Well at least one Democratic Governor who doesn’t have his head stuck up his ass.

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

And they say the age of miracles is over! I never, ever expected this; I expected Gov. Sisolak to be a good, little Democrat and sign this bill…

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

I don’t know WHY the Dems went ahead with this NPV initiative, because they won’t need it. If demographic trends continue (i.e. we get millions more immigrants from Third World countries), the Dems will have a majority anyway. CA, once a solid Republican state, is now blue. TX and FL could follow; if they do, it’s game over. Ted Cruz BARELY beat Robert O’Rourke; the margin was about 3% when it should have been double digits. Socialist Andrew Gillum came within a fraction of a percentage of becoming FL’s next governor. IOW, both of these states are close to going… Read more »

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

I just ran some more numbers to factor in today’s solid blue states, and if FL & TX flip, the situation will be worse than you all think. Here are the more populous, solid blue states as of today: CA, NY, IL, WA, and OR. CA has 55 electoral votes; NY has 29; IL has 20; WA has 12; and OR has 7. That totals 123 electoral votes in the bag for the Dems as of right now, or 45.6% of the total. If you add in TX’s 38 and FL’s 29 electoral votes, then the Dems will have 190… Read more »