The Nevada Legislature is now in the interim period between legislative sessions; the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature convenes February 1, 2021.
The third meeting of the Committee to Conduct an Interim Study of the Requirements for Reapportionment and Redistricting, will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020. For more information about previous meetings, please visit the committee's meetings page.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
General election; Last election held under 2011-cycle districts
Feb 2021 - Mar 2021
Monday, February 1st, 2021
81st Legislature convenes
Monday, March 1st, 2021
Expected delivery of census data to Nevada
Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
81st Legislature adjourns sine die
Friday, June 11th, 2021
Last day for governor to sign or veto regular session bills (including redistricting bills)
Friday, March 18th, 2022
Filing deadline for 2022 primary elections
Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
First primary elections held under new districts
Tuesday, November 8th, 2022
First general elections held under new districts
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.
The Constitution requires the Legislature to adjust the boundaries of the legislative districts following each decennial census. Due to an impasse that arose when Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed the redistricting measures approved by the Nevada Legislature, the Legislature was unable to complete the legislative and congressional redistricting process during the 120-day regular session in 2011. Following a number of hearings, judicial briefs, motions, and pleas, District Court Judge James T. Russell, in First Judicial District Case Guy et al. v. Miller, appointed three Special Masters to accomplish redistricting. The court-approved maps include four congressional districts (an increase of one), while the size of the Nevada Legislature was retained at 63 members, 21 in the Senate and 42 in the Assembly.
For the first time in Nevada's redistricting history, all districts in both houses are single-member, and two Assembly districts are perfectly nested within each Senate district. The average population of the Assembly districts is 64,299 people (based on the 2010 U.S. Census). The Senate districts have an average population of 128,598 citizens. The State's population was just over 2.7 million in 2010.
There are now 15 Senate districts wholly within Clark County; 4 districts in the Washoe County/Carson City area, 1 of which includes five counties in western Nevada; and 2 rural districts. One rural district consists of Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey Counties. The other one consists of Elko, Eureka, Lincoln, White Pine, and parts of Nye and northern Clark Counties. The 42 Assembly districts include 30 districts wholly within Clark County, 8 districts in the Washoe County/Carson City/western Nevada area, and 4 Assembly districts within the 2 rural Senate districts. View the current district PDF maps.
- Legislative Commission's Committee to Study the Requirements for Reapportionment and Redistricting
- LCB Bulletin 11-04 Reapportionment and Redistricting
- 2011 Statistical Tables for Current Districts
- 2011 Legislative and Congressional District Maps
- Download District Shapefiles for Current Districts (Requires GIS Software to view)
- Redistricting Newsletters: Volume2, No. 1 and Volume 2, No. 2
- Redistricting Fact Sheets (Search by keywords “redistricting fact sheet")
2011 Redistricting Legislation
- Federal and State Laws and Session Rules
- Final District Plans with Maps and Tables
- Special Masters Reports, Maps, and Tables
- Legislative Proposals: Bills, Maps, and Tables
- Public Proposals: Bills, Maps, and Tables
- 2011 Joint Standing Rules 13 through 13.6: Reapportionment
State and Federal
- 50 State Guide to Redistricting (Brennan Center for Justice)
- 7 Things to Know About Redistricting (Brennan Center for Justice)
- Election Data Services (Political Information Products)
- National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) (Redistricting Policy Research)
- POLIDATA (Demographic & Political Guides, Political Data Analysis)