Nevada judge approves Congressional and state legislative maps

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September 30, 2011


CARSON CITY, Nevada: Last week the three-member special masters panel released its versions of new Congressional and state legislative map. According to Ballotpedia's Redistricting Roundup, Judge James Todd Russell approved the maps after meeting with the panel on October 27. Several minor changes were made to the maps based on concerns expressed by both parties.

Democratic and Republican lawyers said they would be reviewing the maps before deciding if an appeal will be filed to the Supreme Court. Speculation is that there may be a lawsuit from rural Nevada politicians. The main district of contention is Nevada State Senate District 19, which under the new map would span 500 miles. In addressing the concern, Russell said there is no way to pacify everyone.

On November 14, the Supreme Court will hold a hearing to decide whether the maps can stand at all. Secretary of State Ross Miller filed a challenge over whether the panel can legally draw the new maps.

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