A proposal passed by the Nevada state Senate, Tuesday, could involve the state joining with 14 other states in which electoral votes would be allocated based on the winner of the national popular vote.
Nevada is the 15th Democratic-leaning state to try enacting the legislative change.
A proposal passed by the Senate has gone to the desk of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who has not publicly indicated his position on the multi-state effort designed to make sure presidents are elected by the popular vote, rather than the Electoral College votes.
The Nevada Assembly approved the measure in April.
If signed into law, Nevada would join the so-called National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between 14 states and the District of Columbia that seeks to ensure that the winner of the popular vote is elected president.
The pact’s objective would only be achieved when the states that adopt the legislation collectively have 270 or more electoral votes.
So far, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia have signed up for the pact.
The number of electoral votes among the group amounts to 189.
Citing the elections of President Trump and George W. Bush, who won the presidency while losing the popular vote in 2016 and 2000, many Democrats have advocated for the change to the way state electoral votes are bestowed.
Recently, some high-profile Democrats, including those vying for the party’s presidential nomination in 2020, have called or the compete abolition of the Electoral College, casting it an archaic system antithetical to a more direct democracy.
We Americans are entering the noisy tunnel of high-powered political maneuvering now targeting the 2020 presidential election.