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Electoral winner-take-all bill bracketed

Senators gave unanimous consent Feb. 5 to bracket a bill that would change presidential election procedures.

Currently, the winner of Nebraska’s statewide popular vote receives two Electoral College votes. The state’s three congressional districts also award one electoral vote each based on the popular vote winner in each district. Maine is the only other state to use this system.

LB382, introduced by Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen, would reinstate a winner-take-all system that would award all five electoral votes to the winner of the state’s popular vote in presidential elections.

The bill was debated on general file for two days in January. Saying enough time had been spent discussing the proposal and that lawmakers had other issues to attend to, Janssen asked to bracket the bill until April 17.

No objection was made to the motion, ending debate on LB382 for the session.

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