Article 6 Elections and Districts

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Section 6.1 Election procedures

Except as provided in this charter, nominating primaries and elections shall be conducted in accordance with general law governing the election of partisan county officials.


Section 6.2 Offices designated

The offices of council member, assessor, auditor, clerk, sheriff, treasurer and prosecuting attorney shall be partisan offices. Elections for the offices shall be conducted in the manner provided for partisan local elections under state law.


Section 6.3 Qualifications

Limitations Each county official holding elected office shall be, at the time of filing for office, appointment or election and at all times while holding office, a citizen of United States, at least eighteen (18) years old and a resident and registered voter of Clark County. Each district county council member, throughout their term of office, shall be a resident of the district in which he or she files for the primary election.


Section 6.4 District boundaries

The boundary of each council district was established in accordance with the criteria set forth in state law. The initial council districts for the county are set forth in Appendix A.


Section 6.5 Redistricting committee

Within sixty (60) days of receipt of federal decennial census data from the state redistricting commission or its successor, the council shall establish a five (5) member redistricting committee. The council shall appoint four (4) persons to the committee, two (2) from each major political party from a list of five (5) submitted by the party's central committee. The four (4) members of the redistricting committee shall appoint a fifth member who shall be chair. Members of the redistricting committee shall serve without salary but shall be compensated for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. The redistricting committee shall, within thirty (30) calendar days of its appointment, meet and appoint a redistricting master. The redistricting master shall be qualified by education, training and experience to draw a redistricting plan. If the redistricting committee cannot agree on the appointment of a redistricting master within thirty (30) calendar days, the council shall appoint a districting master.


Section 6.6 Redistricting plan

Within two (2) months after appointment, the redistricting master shall draw a redistricting plan for the county and submit the plan to the committee for adoption. The committee shall conduct a public hearing at least one week before proposed adoption. The redistricting committee shall adopt the redistricting plan within thirty (30) days of submission to the committee. The redistricting plan shall be adopted as submitted or as amended by two-thirds majority vote of the redistricting committee. Upon adoption, the plan shall be filed with the council by the redistricting committee. After submission of the plan, the council shall have thirty (30) calendar days to amend the committee's plan. If the council amends the committee's plan, the amendment must be approved by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of council members, and the area amended may not include more than two (2) percent of the population of any council district. No later than eight (8) months after receipt of the census data, the council shall adopt by ordinance a redistricting plan.