Bill to Prevent Split Electoral Votes Advances

A bill that would prevent Nebraska from splitting its electoral votes in presidential elections is headed to the full Legislature for debate. The Republican-backed winner-take-all proposal advanced out of a legislative committee on Tuesday on a 6-1 vote.

Supporters say the state should speak with one voice in presidential elections. Democrats in the officially nonpartisan Legislature say the bill would reduce the incentive for Omaha-area voters to participate in elections because conservatives hold a strong majority in the state.

Nebraska and Maine are the only states where it's possible to divide electoral voters between presidential candidates in a general election.

Senator John Murante of Gretna says he's hopeful lawmakers will debate his bill this year. The bill hasn't received a priority designation but could be amended onto another measure.