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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Nevada

Process

Nevada's state legislative and congressional districts are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Nevada law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, preserve communities of interest, and avoid pairing incumbents.

Issues

Nevada currently has single-party control over redistricting. The entire legislature is up for election in 2020.

A ballot initiative was filed Nov. 4, 2019 that would create a bipartisan redistricting commission. 97,616 signatures are needed by June 16, 2020 to get on the ballot in 2020. If it is approved by the public in 2020, it would have to pass again in 2022.

  • This initiative would create a seven-member independent redistricting commission and would require a redrawing of the district map in 2023. Four of the members would be appointed by the four legislative leaders, and those four would then choose three voters unaffiliated with either major party to serve as commissioners. Final approval of maps would require five votes, with at least one per partisan category of commissioner.

  • The commission's meetings would be public, and it would be required to ensure that the public can view and participate in the hearings, including presenting testimony. All the commission's materials would be public record. Prior to voting on a plan, the commission would make the proposed plan public and allow sufficient time for public review and comment.

  • The initiative would also enshrine redistricting criteria into the state constitution, ranked in order of priority. The criteria begins with requiring compliance with federal law, equal population between districts, and contiguity. Next, the criteria would prohibit districts that deny or abridge the voting rights of racial and language minorities and prohibit undue partisan advantage or disadvantage when viewed on a statewide basis. Then the criteria requires that districts reflect county, city, and township boundaries, that they minimize the splitting of communities of interest, and that they are reasonably compact. Lastly, the criteria would require districts that are competitive, "measured by creating a reasonable potential for the party affiliation of the district's representative to change at least once between federal decennial censuses."

Actions

In 2020, support the reform ballot initiative, which needs 97,616 signatures by June 16 to be on the ballot in November.

Use public input to persuade the legislature to draw fair districts.

  • Get commitments from all candidates to seek public input.

  • Advocate for a transparent comment process. This may require new legislation.

Use public input process to describe your community of interest.

  • Obtain Nevada redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Submit maps to the legislature as a public comment.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Mar 13 2020