Lawmakers in Nebraska are blocking changes to the electoral system


Nebraska legislators on Wednesday night overwhelmingly declined to change how the state awards its Electoral College votes to a winner-take-all system.
Had it passed, the change could have helped Mr. Trump in his race against President Biden.
In Nebraska’s case, this means two electoral votes are awarded to the statewide winner and three are awarded to the district winners.
But the Second District, in and around Omaha, is a swing district and voted for Mr. Biden in 2020.
In an election as close as this November’s may be, that single electoral vote could be decisive.
There is a realistic scenario — Mr. Biden wins Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; Mr. Trump wins Arizona, Georgia and Nevada — in which it could make the difference between a Biden victory and an Electoral College tie.
If that were to happen, the election would be thrown to the House of Representatives, and Mr. Trump would be likely to win.
A tie would be resolved with each state delegation getting one vote, not by a vote of the full chamber.


On Wednesday night, a resounding no vote was made by Nebraska lawmakers to switch to a winner-take-all system for the state’s Electoral College votes.

ignoring the pressure from the late President Donald J. Trump and Gov. Members of the unicameral State Legislature unanimously rejected a bipartisan attempt to attach a provision that would have made the change to an unrelated bill, despite Jim Pillen’s persistent efforts to push Republicans to take action on the matter. Change #dot Trump’s chances of winning his contest against President Biden if it had been approved.

While the legislative session is coming to an end in a few days, there is still a chance that the provision will be added to another bill.

A candidate who loses the state may still get some credit because Nebraska is one of two states (the other being Maine) that gives an electoral vote to the victor of each congressional district.

In the case of Nebraska, this means that the statewide winner receives two electoral votes, while the district winners receive three. Not only does the state remain firmly Republican overall, but two of the districts are. Nonetheless, the Second District, which encompasses Omaha and is a swing district, supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

A single electoral vote could have a significant impact in a race as close as the one in November. It might mean the difference between a Biden win and an Electoral College tie in a plausible scenario: Mr. Biden wins Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; Mr. Trump wins Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada.

Should that transpire, the election would be shifted to the House of Representatives, where Mr. Trump is expected to prevail. If there was a tie, the state delegations would cast one vote each, rather than the entire chamber casting a vote.

At least some of the Republican opposition on Wednesday was directed toward the way the proposal was presented as an amendment to an unrelated bill rather than necessarily against the notion of making Nebraska a winner-take-all state.

According to Senator Jana Hughes’ email on Thursday, “attaching that bill to the one that they attempted was procedurally not right.”. Furthermore, the winner-take-all bill lacks priority and has not been voted out of committee. Accordingly, I don’t think it should have been heard during the last five days. “.

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