August 30, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill changing the charters of four Nevada cities to requiring ward only voting in municipal elections has won final legislative approval.
The Assembly on Friday approved SB457 on a 26-15 vote. It previously passed in the Senate and now goes to the governor, where its fate is uncertain. Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a similar bill two years ago.
Currently in Reno and Sparks, primary winners currently are chosen by voters in respective wards, but candidates run city-wide in the general election.
In Carson City and Henderson, both primary and general election ward contests are determined city-wide.
Backers of the bill say allowing voters citywide to determine election outcomes dilute the influence of minority voters. They also say the state shouldn't meddle in local government decisions.
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