Nevada Bill Would Legalize Betting on Elections
Hey, other countries vote on our elections, lawmaker argues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2013 2:27 PM CDT
A Nevada lawmaker wants to allow you to bet on the fate of the country.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Nate Silver is about to make a bunch of money if Tick Segerblom gets his way. The Nevada state senator introduced a bill this week that would legalize gambling on federal elections, Fox News reports. While that's not legal anywhere in the country right now, Segerblom notes that it's legal in many other countries. "They bet on our elections in England. They spend millions of dollars on the presidential elections," says Segerblom, who represents—where else?—Las Vegas.

"We're basically competing against the world, and I think we need to start looking beyond what we've done," Segerblom says. Gambling experts doubt political betting would be the money-maker that sports betting is, "but we're seeing more and more people interested in having a punt on a wide range of topics," says Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which takes bets on US races. Others worry it'll tarnish the election process. "I suppose it's legal," says one professor, "but it's also tawdry."

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fractal
Mar 29, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson spinning in his grave...
DougMasters
Mar 29, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
No money should be allowed to change hands involving any election of a public office what so ever.
gomer99
Mar 28, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
"I suppose it's legal," says one professor, "but it's also tawdry." So is religion.........