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Jackson v. Fair Maps Nevada

A Nevada voter is appealing a state court order that rewrote the gist of a citizen initiative to create an independent redistricting commission under the state constitution.

Last Updated: August 3, 2020
Published: March 16, 2020

Note: The Brennan Center is not a participant in this case.

Case Background

On February 12, 2020, a Nevada voter appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court a state court order that rewrote the gist of Fair Maps Nevada’s redistricting reform ballot initiative. Although the plaintiff had sought and won a challenge to the validity of the initiative’s gist, he alleges that the state court lacked the authority rewrite the gist.

Fair Maps Nevada filed a motion to dismiss and for sanctions on February 18 and, on February 21, a cross-appeal of the same state court order that the voter has appealed.

On March 26, 2020, the Supreme Court denied the motion to dismiss and for sanctions. On July 24, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order affirming the judgment of the district court, stating it was not persuaded by the plaintiffs’ argument. The Supreme Court also dismissed the cross-appeal by Fair Maps Nevada as moot. 


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