Nevada has recently voted Democratic in presidential years but remains a swing state. Recently, state Republicans staged a power grab to recall enough senators that would flip the chamber into their favor. With the support of NDRC and allies on the ground, that failed. In the 2018 election, we elected a Democratic Governor, Steve Sisolak, and made gains in both the Nevada Senate and House. 


How Redistricting Happened in Nevada

The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Nevada over the last 10 years.


Census data delivered to Nevada.

Nevada gained an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after reapportionment.

The state legislature voted on new congressional and state legislative maps; Republican Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed the maps.

The state legislature passed a second map; Gov. Sandoval vetoed the maps again.

Democrats filed suit in Nevada state court in anticipation of the legislature’s failure to enact a redistricting plan.

After the legislature’s inability to pass a redistricting plan as a result of Gov. Sandoval’s vetoes, the court appointed a special master to draw the maps.


In a brazen political maneuver, Republicans attempted to recall three members of the state Senate, two Democrats and one independent, to gain control of the majority in the Chamber ahead of the next round of redistricting.

The NDRC supported a successful effort to block the partisan recall attempt.


Nevadans elected Democrat Steve Sisolak as its governor, and made gains in the state House and Senate.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

1 Know the Decision Makers

The redistricting process is controlled by different elected officials in each state. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. Both the congressional and state legislative lines in Nevada are drawn by:

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State Assembly

2 Know Your State Legislature

Nevada Lower Chamber




1 Vacant seats

Nevada Upper Chamber




1 Held by a third or unaffiliated party

2 Vacant seats

3 Register to Vote

Register to vote in Nevada

You can also confirm that you are already registered to vote.

4 Vote

Court Cases Impacting Nevada

Because the legislature could not agree on a map, the Nevada congressional and legislative maps were decided in court.

Guy v. Miller

Read the redistricting order.

Get Involved in Nevada Today

Join Organizing for ‘18

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Organizing for Action (OFA) launched a partnership to build a more fair democracy by strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives that will be critical in determining how maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Join a Local OFA Chapter

Alongside the National Redistricting Action Fund (an NDRC affiliate), OFA is engaging with activists and volunteers to help educate people about gerrymandering and involve them in the process of fixing a badly rigged political system.

Attend Events Near You

You can register to vote for the general election in Nevada up until .

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