Political constituencies are ‘unfair,’ small communities tell the Nevada legislature

Political constituencies are 'unfair,' small communities tell the Nevada legislature

Posted: Nov 15, 2021 / 05:11 PM PST
/ Updated: Nov 15, 2021 / 06:24 PM PST

The Assembly Committee on Redistricting and Elections took a look at the latest maps that are on the table.

But a lot of people — especially those representing minority communities — say that changing the Congressional District 1 (CD1) lines around East Las Vegas is not fair representation.

No one had anything to say in support of the maps.

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  • by: Joe Moeller

  • LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Today, lawmakers in Carson City continued their discussion on proposed redistricting maps for political districts.

Emily Persaud-Zamora with the progressive group Silver State Voices was one of many raising concerns.

“The Latin-x community in CD 1, with over 300,000 residents, and the proposed map is blatantly disregarding their priorities and needs,” Persaud-Zamora said.

In an attempt to equally distribute the growing populations among congressional districts, lawmakers are discussing changing the district lines. And many are not happy about it. Compare the existing districts (lighter shades) with the proposed districts (darker shades) by using the slider on the maps below. Districts on the old maps are labeled in bright red; the proposed districts are labeled using small white boxes.

Several Progressive groups and people from the public weighed in. Public comment revealed opposition over the proposed maps, with many saying the new maps split up minority groups.

College of Southern Nevada History Professor Sondra Cosgrove said there is a lot of opposition. “The Republicans are worried about partisan gerrymandering,” Cosgrove said.

She said representatives from minority groups were voicing concerns about splitting up their community. “So, they took that concentration and moved those bodies into other districts by moving the lines. So now you can say every district has a minority-majority population,” Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove said if these maps get voted in, she sees Republicans putting up a legal fight. “But mostly what we were hearing about was racial gerrymandering, the Latino community on the east side of Las Vegas feels they are being treated unfairly,” she said.