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Democrats challenge Republicans to release Census data used to build redistricting maps

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Although the Legislature has already passed Democrats’ version of the maps redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative district lines, Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, and Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, want Republicans to release the data on which the GOP maps were built.

In a letter sent to Republican leaders today, Horsford and Oceguera contend Republicans have refused to released the Census block data which was used to build the GOP maps.

Although Republicans have released the maps and the voter registration data associated with the new districts they’d like to see drawn, they haven’t made available detailed Census data.

“It is important that the public has unrestricted access to view and analyze all plans,” the Democratic leaders wrote.

Without the Census block data, the public can’t manipulate the Republican maps in order to provide suggestions. Similar data was provided by Democrats for the maps that passed the Legislature earlier this week.

Democrats expect Gov. Brian Sandoval will veto those maps. Both sides anticipated a court battle to decide the final lines.

Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness, R-Fallon, said he thought the Census data had been released.

“I’m going to call our guy now and see if we can’t get it released,” he said. “The public needs to be able to compare the maps.”

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