County Commission to introduce revised redistricting ordinance

Special to the Las Vegas Tribune
The Clark County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 19 will introduce an ordinance establishing new Commission district boundaries, a process that takes place every 10 years following the U.S. Census. A public hearing is expected to be held on the ordinance at the Nov. 2 meeting of the board.
Also on Oct. 19, the County’s consultant, Dave Heller, will provide a report to the Commission on the redistricting process and the three different maps containing proposed new boundaries. Residents may provide comments at both County Commission meetings.
Tuesday’s board meeting comes about two weeks after a community meeting was held Oct. 4, where residents provided their input (https://youtu.be/vbxpUuvKwLo). Information about the process may be viewed at https://maps.clarkcountynv.gov/redistricting, and one may submit comments or questions to redistricting@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Those unable to attend the Commission meeting may watch the proceedings live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and at www.Facebook.com/ClarkCountyNwww.Twitter.com/ClarkCountyNV and https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live.
The redistricting process is undertaken every 10 years following the national Census in order to comply with state law, which requires Commission districts to be nearly equal in population. Rapid growth in population over the last decade has resulted in great variations in population across the County’s seven Commission districts. For instance, Commissioner Justin Jones’ District F is the largest with 365,567 residents while Commissioner William McCurdy II’s District D is the smallest, having 21 percent fewer residents than District F with 287,626. The redistricting process has been delayed this year due to the timing of the release of the Census and work needed to get maps completed.
The six principles of the redistricting process are equal distribution of population, contiguity, compactness, racial balance and minority opportunity (neither “packing” or “cracking” of districts), respect for neighborhood boundaries and keeping minority and minority-language communities together, Heller said.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One may watch CCTV on streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV via the YouTube app.

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