The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) calls for states to pledge their electoral votes to whomever wins the national popular vote.
Such pledges are a workaround of the electoral college that would ensure the person who wins the national popular vote would also win the electoral vote, without requiring any changes to national laws or the constitution, since states would still be using their electoral votes.
So far, several states, with more than 180 votes, have signed on, and the Nevada legislature sent a bill approving the NPVIC to the governor’s desk. But in a rebuke to the state legislature and the proposal in general, Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak vetoed the bill.
In a statement, Sisolak said:
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.
It appears that at least one governor recognizes that the NPVIC strips his constituents of power and hands it to larger states, which is exactly what the electoral college, along with the structure of the Senate in general, was designed to guard against.