The U.S. Census Bureau has announced it plans to release 2020 Redistricting Data in a legacy format by August 16, 2021, and in a final format, that includes tables, by September 30, 2021.
2020 Census Population Counts for Apportionment are now available from the Census Bureau website. From 2010 to 2020, Nevada’s population grew 15% to over 3.1 million and will continue to have four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For a recent summary of reapportionment and redistricting, view the publication Reapportionment and Redistricting in Nevada: An Overview that explains the process, history, and current status of Redistricting in Nevada.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Oct 2020 - Nov 2020
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020More Info
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
General election; Last election held under 2011-cycle districts
Monday, February 1st, 2021
81st Legislature convenes
Mar 2021 - Apr 2021
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
The statutory deadline to provide census data to Nevada
Monday, April 26th, 2021
May 2021 - Jun 2021
Monday, May 31st, 2021
81st Legislature adjourns sine die
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Last day for governor to sign or veto regular session bills (including redistricting bills)
Monday, August 16th, 2021
Census Bureau's expected deadline to release legacy-format redistricting data to all states
Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Census Bureau's expected deadline to deliver redistricting data to all states
Monday, January 3rd, 2022
Judicial candidate filing period begins for 2022 primary elections
Monday, March 7th, 2022
Non-Judicial candidate filing period begins 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.
View Nevada district boundary changes over time for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents districts through a series of interactive maps in the Nevada District Boundary Changes Over Time application.
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 Redistricting Knowledge Hub (RedistrictingOnline.org)
- 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)