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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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