2021 Nevada Redistricting

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The Latino Center for Advancement is committed to defining communities, drawing maps, identify racial or partisan gerrymanders, and evaluate the fairness and accountability of proposed redistricting plans.

We are working to coordinate redistricting data at the state and local level in Nevada. 

Calendar of Events

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Clark County School District

Per federal and state law, Trustee Districts are being reapportioned in alignment with the 2020 Census to account for rapid growth in Southern Nevada over the past 10 years. CCSD Trustees will host community meetings to hear from constituents before a special board meeting, on which they will tentatively vote for the district boundaries that will encompass the next 10 years.

If you cannot attend a community meeting, you can also share your input via this google form or via email at TrusteeRedistricting@nv.ccsd.net

Upcoming Community Meetings

  • District G: October 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in Jerome Mack Middle School

  • District A: October 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Greenspun Junior High School

  • District B: October 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Legacy High School

  • District C: October 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in Western High School

  • District D: October 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in Desert Pines High School

  • District E: October 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Palo Verde High School

  • District F: October 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Southwest Career and Technical Academy

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City of Reno

Redistricting Guiding Principles:

  • State and federal regulations -- The redistricting process will abide by applicable state and federal laws, including the Federal Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause. 

  • Equal in population -- The Reno City Charter states that wards must be as nearly equal in population as can be conveniently provided.  Because it is impossible to have wards with the same number of people, the Charter allows for up to a five percent variance from ward to ward.  If any ward is more than five percent larger based on population, boundaries must be redrawn to balance the population. 

  • Contiguous -- Wards must be geographically contiguous except for non-contiguous areas that must be included based on Charter requirements. 

  • Neighborhood integrity -- Wards should allow for representation of general areas of the City having similar or common interests or affinities.  Geographic neighborhood and natural boundaries will be accounted for in establishing ward boundaries and being used as divisions when practicable and legal. 

  • Reflect the core of existing wards -- Wards should retain the core of the existing ward to the extent possible.  For the purpose of the 2021 redistricting project, wards will be created using the existing ward boundaries as a benchmark. 

  • Community input -- Input on the redistricting process will be solicited from the public throughout the evaluation and development phases.  

  • Current councilmembers -- Currently elected councilmembers' home of record/residence will be retained within their ward during redistricting. 

  • Data source -- The 2020 Census counts provided by the U.S. Bureau of the Census will be the official source of population counts and demographic information for redistricting.

Upcoming Community Meetings

  • 10/7/2021 - Community Meeting #2: Preliminary maps explained and made available for public comment (meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.)

  • 10/8/2021 - Redistricting Drop In Session: Stop by City Hall between 2-4 p.m. to learn more about the preliminary maps and provide your feedback in person.  City of Reno staff members (both English and Spanish speaking) will be available to talk with members of the community and answer questions.  

  • 10/11/2021 - Submit comments on preliminary maps by 5:00pm

  • 10/21/2021 - Community Meeting #3: Presentation of final maps to the public (virtual)

You will have multiple opportunities to review potential boundary changes and share how you think the boundaries best represent your community.  There are many ways to participate:

  • Attend public meetings: Meetings can be found in the meetings and events calendar below. 

  • Submit comments on this redistricting website (forthcoming) or by emailing Redistricting@Reno.gov.  

  • React to draft redistricting maps: Preliminary draft maps will be made available to the public in early October at this website. Groups and individual members of the public will be able to review these maps and submit comments.

If you or an organization you represent would like to be involved in this input process, please send your contact information to Redistricting@Reno.gov.

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Washoe County School District

Redistricting takes place every 10 years after the federal census, when district boundaries for federal, state, and local elected offices are redrawn to reflect new population data and shifting populations. WCSD received census data form the Washoe County Registrar of Voters showing the total population in Washoe County is up approximately 15% since 2010.

On September 14, 2021 at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Trustees adopted Guiding Principles in order to develop proposed map(s) for district boundaries. In general, these principles are considered best practices and in line with the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent Supreme Court cases that apply to this process.  These principles include beginning with the current districts and then making adjustments that would keep all current sitting trustees within their district as well as maintain the core of the district. Areas with common interest or affinities will be considered and district boundaries will coincide with other election districts or school zoning boundaries as practicable.

 

Redistricting Guiding Principles:

  • Existing districts will be the starting point

  • Current trustee residence will be retained within his/her district

  • Population of each district will vary as little as possible from ideal population within historical and legally defensible ranges when other guidelines are taken into account (+/- 5%)

  • Districts will continue to be compact and contiguous

  • Core of the district will remain intact

  • Areas with similar or common interests or affinities will be considered

  • Districts will coincide with other election districts and current school zoning boundaries if possible

With the increase in population, a modest adjustment to two contiguous districts (District A and District D) is being proposed to maintain equitable boundaries.

Upcoming Community Meetings

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.
    District’s Central Administration Building in the Board Room, 425 E. 9th Street

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 2 p.m.
    District’s Central Administration Building in the Board Room, 425 E. 9th Street

 

The meeting will also be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChHIK-aa3yh6Z4EHo1Zntwg

Written public comments may be submitted before and during the meeting at publiccomments@washoeschools.net.

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City of Las Vegas

Upcoming Community Meetings

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City of Sparks

Upcoming Community Meetings

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City of North Las Vegas

Upcoming Community Meetings

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City of Henderson

Upcoming Community Meetings

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Clark County

In Nevada, all of our federal and state legislators are elected from districts. Here in Clark County, our county commissioners are similarly elected from districts designed to be equally populated. These districts divide the people who live here into geographical territories. District lines subdivide our county; there are seven districts within Clark County and one elected commissioner for each of those seven separate districts. Clark County’s policy and requirements for established County Commission election districts are outlined the Clark County Code of Ordinances. In a series of cases starting in the 1960s, the Supreme Court determined that population disparity violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court required roughly equal population for all legislative districts. This meant that district boundaries would have to be periodically readjusted to account for new population information. Clark County uses the federal census data to redraw its district boundaries in furtherance of the principal of “one person, one vote.” So now, after the Census is conducted at the start of a new decade, we redraw our district boundaries.

This is the process we know as redistricting.

Here in Clark County, our districts are redrawn based on six criteria: compactness, contiguity, racial balance and minority opportunity, preservation of communities, respect for neighborhood boundaries and commonalities of interest, and equal distribution of the county’s population. Federal and state law allows for a population deviation of as much as ten percent between districts; Clark County is once again determined to keep the variation to less than two percent. Where there is an opportunity to create a majority-minority district, we will endeavor to do so.

Upcoming Community Meetings

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Washoe County

Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census population count, Washoe County is constitutionally required to adjust the boundaries for the County Commissioner districts to account for the new population numbers. The resulting commission district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with local, state, and federal rules governing the redistricting process.


Redistricting is important because the process ensures that each County Commissioner represents a roughly equal number of constituents. 


The Washoe County Commission plays a role in determining the district Boundaries. The first step in the process was to agree upon the criteria by which commission districts will be modified. On August 17, 2021 the Commissioners agreed upon the set of redistricting criteria that will be used to formulate new maps.

Upcoming Community Meetings

There are multiple opportunities to participate in Washoe County's redistricting process. You can start by reviewing the Proposed Plans using the Washoe County Redistricting Plans maps. Other ways to participate include: 


Submit feedback on the proposed maps using the green feedback button on this site or using the feedback "tab" on the Washoe County Redistricting Plans. 
Attend Board of County Commission meetings and participate in public comment
Submit comment in person at the Washoe County Administrative Complex, Building A, Atrium where maps will be displayed and comments can be submitted via paper form. 

 

All public comment should be submitted before October 15th.

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Nevada State Legislature 

Reapportionment and Redistricting in Nevada: An Overview (Legislative Counsel Bureau)

Every ten years, following the Federal Census, the Nevada State Legislature is responsible for reapportioning and redistricting the districts for:

  • The United States House of Representatives;

  • The Nevada State Senate;

  • The Nevada State Assembly; and

  • The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

The Nevada Constitution provides that “representation shall be apportioned according to population” (Article 1, Section 13) and that the census “…shall serve as the basis of representation in both houses of the Legislature” (Article 15, Section 13).

 

“Redistricting” is the act of redrawing the boundaries for election districts. Because the population shifts over time, district boundaries must be adjusted periodically to ensure districts are equally populated. Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that electoral districts must have equal population or nearly equal population so that each person’s vote has equal weight (known as the “one-person, one-vote” requirement).

 

“Reapportionment” is the division of a given number of elected members among established political subdivisions in accordance with an existing plan or formula. For example, the 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives are reapportioned among the 50 states every 10 years following the decennial census.

 

Local governments also reapportion and redistrict the districts for county commission, city council, and school board of trustees. Please contact one of these local governing bodies in your community for more information.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Citizen Input – MyDistricting Nevada 2021


The 2020 Census redistricting data was released on August 12, 2021 and is now available in the Nevada Legislature’s public redistricting application. Visit the MyDistricting Nevada application to draw redistricting plans and share them with the Legislature for consideration. Access the MyDistricting Nevada User Guide here and the Spanish version here.

When a plan has been submitted and approved, it is posted on the public MyDistricting Nevada 2021 Plan List page, where it is available to all legislators, staff, and the public. All posted plans are available for download and public comment from the MyDistricting Nevada 2021 Plan List page.

 

Citizen Input – Communities of Interest

 

Communities of Interest are used to help stakeholders understand local interests in preserving areas within a district. A community of interest can be a subdivision, a city, a neighborhood, or any geographic area defined and submitted for consideration. Please note that sometimes the process of balancing population in a district along with other demographic issues may result in splits even if a community of interest is known.

Submit a community of interest here and view all verified submissions here. For instructions on submitting a community of interest, click ‘Show Me How’ in the top, right corner of the application.

 

2021-2022 Legislative Interim

 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 13 (2021) provides for the creation of the Committee to Conduct an Investigation into Matters Relating to Reapportionment and Redistricting in Nevada. The Committee is charged with reviewing issues relating to reapportionment and redistricting in conjunction with the data from the decennial census of 2020. The Committee must examine data from the United States Census Bureau and monitor any redistricting systems established or recommended for use by the Nevada Legislature, including the requirements for computer equipment, computer software, and the training of personnel. Relevant case law and the programs of other states relating to redistricting must also be reviewed, as well as possible procedures for use by the Nevada Legislature to ensure that members of the public are involved in the redistricting process.

 

Finally, the Committee may examine any other matter relating to reapportionment and redistricting that it determines may be beneficial to the process of redistricting. 

Members of the public have the opportunity to testify and provide comments to the Committee at any of its public meetings. Follow the Committee’s activities and meetings here.

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