Nevada will not join 14 other states and Washington, D.C. in awarding its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote during a presidential election. 

Democratic Governor Sisolak vetoed Assembly Bill 186 on Thursday. It is his first veto of his tenure. 

He then released this statement: 

“Over the past several weeks, my office has heard from thousands of Nevadans across the state urging me to weigh the state’s role in our national elections. 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. As Nevada’s governor, I am obligated to make such decisions according to my own conscience. In cases like this, where Nevada’s interests could diverge from the interests of large states, I will always stand up for Nevada.” 

Nevada has six electoral votes, which go to the candidate who gets the most votes in our state. If the bill was signed by Governor Sisolak, the votes would go to the candidate who got the most votes, nationally. Some say a popular vote would give states with larger populations more control, and candidates would ignore smaller states like Nevada.

"If we go to a national popular vote, why would they even bother coming here? Our constitution says we're a republic, not a democracy," Assem. Jim Wheeler, R-Minden said. "I voted 'No' on the national popular vote because I don't want Nevada to be a flyover state."

If it had passed, it would have not taken effect until enough states join the compact to reach the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win a presidential election.

"That (Assembly) vote was very close, 23-17, with strong opinions about how important that is and we want to have Nevada as an important player in the whole presidential process," Robin Titus, R-Smith Valley said.