Primary Authority: Congressional and legislative maps are drawn and enacted by the Nevada Legislature, subject to the Governor’s veto. The Legislature can override a veto with a 2/3 vote in each chamber. No party currently has a veto-proof majority in either chamber. [Nev. Const. art. IV, § 5]
If a bill is presented to the Governor during session, the Governor has 5 days to sign or veto it; otherwise, it becomes law without signature. If the bill is delivered during the last 5 days of session, the Governor must sign or veto it within 10 days of adjournment; otherwise, it becomes law without signature. Sundays are excluded from these calculations.
Mapping Timeline: There is no deadline specified for congressional plans. The Legislature must enact final legislative plans by the end of its first legislative session after the taking of the decennial census. [Nev. Const. art. IV, § 5]
Redistricting Criteria: None.
Map Challenges: Not specified.
Types of Measures: Indirect initiatives and all referendums are permitted to amend statutes. Direct initiatives are permitted to amend the state constitution. Legislatively initiated ballot measures may amend both statutes and the constitution.
Single-Subject Rule: Yes.
Initiative Subject Restrictions: An initiative can only include appropriations or expenditures if it incorporates a legal tax to pay for it.
Signature Requirements: Constitutional amendments, statutory initiatives, and veto referendums all require 10% of the voters who cast ballots in the state’s last preceding general election. 1,023,617 voted in the 2022 general election in Nevada, so 102,362 signatures are required for constitutional amendments and veto referendums. Because statutory initiatives must be submitted 2 years prior to the election in which it is to appear on the ballot, signature requirements for statutory initiatives will be based on the votes cast in the 2020 election. 1,407,761 people voted in the 2020 election in Nevada, so 140,777 signatures are required. For all ballot measures, the required signatures must be equally apportioned among the state’s congressional districts.
Submission Deadlines: Before circulating, initiative petitions for constitutional amendments must be submitted to the Secretary of State no earlier than September 1 of the year before the year in which the election is to be held. The signed initiative petition must be filed with the appropriate county officials for certification no later than 15 days following the primary election (February 21, 2024). The final filing must be made 90 days prior to the election in which the petition is to appear on the ballot (August 7, 2024). Statutory initiative petitions must be submitted to county officials no later than 15 days following the general election (November 20, 2024), and the final filing must be made 30 days prior to the convening of the next regular session of the legislature. Initial referendum petition filings must be made to the Secretary of State not earlier than August 1 of the year before the year in which the election will be held, and signed petitions must be filed with the appropriate county officials no later than 15 days after the primary election (February 21, 2024).
Circulation Period: Not specified.
Ballot Title and Summary: The summary is written by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General. Expedited reviews for titles and summaries are not permitted.
Other Requirements: A fiscal impact statement is required. Circulators must be at least 18 years of age. Voter-initiated amendments must be approved at two consecutive elections. Legislatively referred amendments must be approved by two consecutive Legislatures and once by the voters. Statutory initiatives cannot be amended or repealed in the three years following their passing. Amendments can be themselves amended or repealed only by receiving majority votes in two consecutive legislative sessions and by receiving majority approval from voters at the general election. Statutes or resolutions affirmed by the people cannot be amended or repealed except by another vote of the people. Initiatives are permitted on general election ballots but not on primary or special election or odd-year ballots.