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Progressives say Nevada redistricting maps split Latino vote

Members of the Culinary Union listen to Democratic candidates during an event at the union hall...
Members of the Culinary Union listen to Democratic candidates during an event at the union hall in Las Vegas, Oct. 17, 2018. Progressives say a congressional map proposed by Democratic leaders in the Nevada Statehouse splits the Latino vote. Lawmakers on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, are working to redraw political maps during a special session. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)(John Locher | AP)
Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 2:50 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Progressives say a congressional map proposed by Democratic leaders in the Nevada Statehouse splits the Latino vote.

Lawmakers on Saturday are working to redraw political maps during a special session. The redrawn map would bolster Democrats’ advantage in southern Nevada swing districts, but split Latino residents among three districts, leaving none with 40%, even though roughly 4 out every 10 Nevada residents identifies as Hispanic or Latino.

The proposal is angering progressives who argue it dilutes minority voting power by splitting Latinos. A Democratic-majority state Senate committee advanced the proposed maps for further consideration on Saturday evening but left the door open to potentially amend it.

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