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Opinion: Democrats pass partisan redistricting plan

By ThisIsReno


Democrats in the Nevada Legislature yesterday approved a partisan plan to redraw the state’s Congressional and state legislative districts.

Despite the fact that Nevadans have chosen two Republicans and one Democrat to represent them in Congress, the Democrat Congressional plan creates three districts likely to elect Democrats and only one likely to elect a Republican.

“It is an outrage,” said Senator Michael Roberson, speaking on the Senate floor in opposition to the plan. “Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle think that they should decide who will represent us in Congress – and not the people.”

In the Nevada Senate, where Democrats currently hold a single-seat advantage, they have created 13 districts likely to elect Democrats, only five likely to elect Republican candidates, and three that will be competitive.

In the Assembly, the Democrat plan creates 26 districts that favor Democrats, only eight that favor Republicans, and eight more that are likely to be competitive.
The Democrat plan usurps the will of the voters by drawing the state’s electoral map to ensure that a single party – the Democrat party – will dominate Nevada’s elections for the next ten years.

In the 2010 general election, Nevadans cast significantly more votes for Republican candidates than for Democrat candidates. In the Gubernatorial race, Republican Brian Sandoval received +12 percent more votes than Democrat. In the same election, Republicans received +6 percent more votes in Congressional races, +15 percent more votes in Nevada Senate races, and +10 percent more votes in Nevada Assembly races.

Said Assemblyman Scott Hammond, following the Assembly vote: “The worst part of the Democrat plan is that they are doing this at the expense of the Hispanic community.”

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