While England permits wagering on presidential elections, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is not keen on the idea and has announced his intention not to support a lawmaker’s proposal to allow it.
Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) is championing a bill that would legalize election betting, but has been met with resistance from Sandoval. The governor admits his views are more “traditionalist” in nature and he would not be open to expanding wagering to include the political arena that would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
The state has done fine on sports and horse race betting and other events,” Sandoval told the Las Vegas Sun. “Unless I’m convinced otherwise, it is not something I would support.”
Segerblom stated that allowing election betting would shine a spotlight on Nevada throughout the country, perhaps drawing some needed attention and interest. A similar proposal introduced by the Las Vegas legislator last year found 2/3 majority approval in the Senate, but the measure landed in the muck without being voted upon by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.