April 20, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Senate has passed a bill redrawing the state's voting districts on a strict party-line vote.
SB497 was approved on an 11-10 vote Tuesday and immediately sent
to the Assembly.
Republicans were united in their opposition, and said the Democratic redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act by packing minority Hispanic voters into a few districts and fragmenting the rest of the minority communities.
The redistricting issue is likely headed to court. Both parties filed pre-emptive lawsuits weeks ago, arguing the Legislature is incapable of fairly redrawing voting boundaries.