WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 16, the Nevada Legislature approved new legislative and congressional maps after convening for a special session last Friday, Nov. 12. In the Democratic-controlled Legislature, the maps passed the state Senate on a party-line vote and in the Assembly, one Democratic lawmaker joined Republicans in opposition. The redistricting bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), who has indicated he plans to sign the new plans into law.
Currently, there are three Democrats and one Republican in Nevada’s congressional delegation; the approved map will likely maintain this split. Lawmakers shifted portions of Las Vegas’ solid blue district into two neighboring swing districts, drawing criticism from some groups for dividing Latino voters. Democrats made several small changes to the proposed maps during the special session, notably reallocating more incarcerated people to count at their last home address as opposed to their current prison location and ensuring tribal reservations were not split across districts.
“These maps are fair and legal and accurately reflect the diversity of our state,” said Assembly member Brittney Miller (D) ahead of the vote today.