Vote Nevada Update 10/20/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you are interested in the CCSD Capital Improvement Plan (the plan is for constructing new schools and rehabilitating existing buildings), here is the meeting flyer:

Here are updates on redistricting in Nevada:

The legislative interim committee on redistricting is holding a meeting this Saturday, October 23rd, 11:00 am, to review the redistricting process and the legislative redistricting software.  You can attend in-person or virtually, the meeting information is here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24118

Other Nevada governing bodies engaged in redistricting are currently sharing proposed redistricting maps as files that can be uploaded into a range of redistricting software.  We can check these maps for Voting Rights Act compliance and view each proposed district’s demographic composition.  You do not need to draw your own maps to participate in this type of redistricting feedback, the free redistricting software includes a Validate or Integrity Check feature that is easy to use.

This feature allows anyone to upload a redistricting map into the software and then to click on the Validate or Integrity Check button to determine if the map complies with the Voting Rights Act redistricting criteria, which are:

  1. Districts must be close to equal in population.
  2. Districts must be as compact as possible.
  3. District lines must be contiguous (the district lines cannot break anywhere in the district).
  4. Communities of interest must be taken into consideration.

It is criteria #4 where we need community members to contribute their expertise about where our communities of interest exist.  A community of interest can include groups connected by race, color, or membership in a language minority group.  We can also include other characteristics based on community history.

I will emphasize again; we need as many community members as possible to look at proposed maps to ensure our communities of interest are being given due legal consideration.

Here is a website that includes redistricting data and training videos for using the free redistricting software: https://redistrictingdatahub.org/engage/training/

The ESRI redistricting software package has its own training here: https://youtu.be/jGnfVQz4JdM

You can search for redistricting information at these levels of Nevada governance:

School Boards

Board of Regents

Each City

Each County 

For example, if you go to the Clark County Commission’s redistricting website, you will see a button to download the map files and links to the free redistricting software: https://maps.clarkcountynv.gov/redistricting

If you find a governing body that is not making its map files publicly available, please contact your elected official in that governing body to request the files be made available.

We also have a Vote Nevada meeting this Saturday, October 23rd, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, on:

Inclusive Civics Education: Tribal Governance & Sovereignty

Panelists: Lance West, Schurz Elementary School Principal, Stacey Montooth Executive Director Nevada Indian Commission, William Bauer Director UNLV Indian Studies Program.

Please RSVP for this event if you would like to join us for a very important discussion: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpcO6rpj4tE9TQ903oWZWG6s7YRv4rXxjR

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada is now qualified to receive donations through Facebook fundraisers.

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

 

 

 

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