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  Gov. Sandoval vetoes Democrats’ redistricting maps
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Last EditedJ.R.  May 15, 2011 07:24am
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News DateSaturday, May 14, 2011 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGov. Brian Sandoval today vetoed Democrats’ redistricting maps, accusing the party of violating the Voting Rights Act and drawing districts for political gain rather than equitable representation.

In a pair of party-line votes last week, the Legislature passed the first redistricting bill that redrew Nevada’s legislative and congressional districts according to new Census data. Anticipating the veto, Democrats have already started working on new maps.

In his veto message, Sandoval cites the fact none of the four congressional districts in the Democrats’ plan are made up of a majority of Hispanic voters.

“With Hispanics accounting for 46 percent of the total population growth in our state over the last 10 years, this transparent effort to avoid creating even one additional district where this community would be likely to elect its candidate of choice is simply not acceptable,” Sandoval wrote.

Hispanic activists have argued the Republican version of the maps pack Hispanic voters into a few districts, diluting their strength in the rest of the state. Democrats, they argued, created many districts with Hispanic strength.
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