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(Neb)-Winner-Take-All Electoral College Bill Sent To The Floor

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/18/2017 07:03 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill ending Nebraska's status as one of just 2 states that can split its electoral votes in presidential elections is headed to the full Legislature for debate after advancing out of committee Tuesday on a 6-1.

       There's no guarantee the bill will be debated this year since no one designated it their priority, but sponsor John Murante is hopeful of either a favorable decision by the Speaker or by having it amended onto another measure.

     Nebraska and Maine are the only states where it's possible to divide electoral votes between presidential candidates in a general election. Nebraska gives 2 votes to the statewide winner and 1 vote to the winner of each Congressional district.

       Moving back to a winner-take-all system has been a goal of the Nebraska Republican party ever since Barack Obama won the electoral vote from the 2nd Congressional District in 2008.

     Supporters, mostly Republicans in the officially non-partisan legislature say the state should speak with one voice in presidential elections.

      Democrat say the bill would reduce the incentive for presidential candidates to come to Nebraska to campaign and for Omaha-area voters to participate in elections because conservatives hold a strong majority in the state.


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