A bill to return Nebraska to a winner-take-all presidential elector state has returned to the Unicameral with its fate uncertain.
Senator Laura Ebke of Crete told colleagues Monday morning she has received dozens of emails on the issue, with most opposed to change.
“The reality, I think, is that most people in the state really don’t care about this issue. They don’t care what we’re doing. They don’t really think this is an issue of monumental importance,” Ebke said during legislative floor debate. “They want to know, quite frankly, why we aren’t dealing with taxes and spending and other issues that are far more important.”
Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that split their presidential electoral votes by Congressional districts. All other states have a winner-take-all formula; the presidential candidate that wins the state wins its electoral votes.
It has only come into play once. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama lost Nebraska badly to Republican John McCain, but still came away with an electoral vote by winning the Second Congressional District of greater Omaha.
Ebke is an important vote for supporters of LB 10 who didn’t have a vote to spare in overcoming the first filibuster launched against the bill. Ebke voted to end the filibuster, then voted against advancing the bill. It is uncertain she will vote to end the filibuster a second time.
A vote to end the latest filibuster against the bill could come as early as tomorrow morning.
Leading opponent, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, said during floor debate it appears the bill has been losing ground since barely overcoming the first filibuster.
“And I don’t think that there will be 33 votes to keep this going.”
Chambers referred to the 33 votes needed to end a filibuster and move to a second vote on the bill.