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. Our electoral targets include the open governor’s seat, the state Senate, and the state Assembly.


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 have the chance to elect a governor who will work with the legislature to create a fair map.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

  • Governor. Governor Brian Sandoval is term-limited, leaving an open race that Democrats can pick up. The winner will have veto power over both the congressional and state legislative maps, which are drawn by the Nevada legislature.
  • State Senate. Democrats control the state Senate by one vote. With half the chamber up in November, we need to protect our majority here, too.
  • State Assembly. Democrats control the state Assembly right now — we need to protect this majority in November.

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


3 Know Your State Legislature

Nevada Lower Chamber




1 Vacant seats

Nevada Upper Chamber




1 Held by a third or unaffiliated party

2 Vacant seats

4 Register to Vote

Register to vote in Nevada

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

5 Vote

Vote for candidates who will unrig the system. We will have a list of candidates we are supporting later in the year.


Primary Election Date: June 12, 2018

General Election Date: November 6, 2018

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

The fight to fix gerrymandering is right now—and we need your help in Nevada! Here’s what you can do:

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

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and MobilizeAmerica have teamed up to bring you the highest-impact volunteer opportunities in Nevada to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket — and bring an end to Republican gerrymandering.

You can register to vote for the general election in Nevada up until October 7, 2018.

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