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Nevada would disappear with NPV, state is smaller than 18 metropolitan areas
Harry Roth • Jun 01, 2023

Lobbyists for the National Popular Vote interstate compact (NPV) often claim their election scheme would benefit the whole country. With the Nevada legislature taking steps to join the compact, it's important to compare Nevada's population to that of the top metro areas.

States would no longer matter with NPV. Instead, national politics would be about media markets—in other words, metropolitan areas—where campaigns would make huge advertising buys and hold mass rallies. Political organizing and advertising is more efficient in areas with a large, dense population.

The Electoral College forces campaigns to reach out farther in order to win enough states to have a chance at winning the White House. NPV would undo all that, and threaten to make states like Nevada all but disappear.