District Court Judge James Wilson issued the ruling for summary judgment in favor of Clark County sheriff and Republican gubernatorial nominee Joe Lombardo from the bench on Wednesday, blocking the election contest from proceeding further.
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The analysis comes as lawmakers in 2019 ended the practice of “prison gerrymandering,” in which incarcerated people are counted in the census as part of the county where their prison is located, rather than their last home.
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on three major election cases Tuesday that reshape the November ballot, allowing an initiative proposing open primaries and ranked-choice voting to proceed while voiding another measure proposing a voucher-style education program.
Though McMahill emerged as the establishment-backed candidate, he maintained that he would not be following anyone else’s playbook as sheriff, noting that he spent the majority of his law enforcement career on the “uniform side of the police department."
On Wednesday, attorneys representing Helton and Nevada Voters First, the group backing the so-called “Better Voting Nevada” initiative, made their final pitches to the court in oral arguments before the justices.
Quenga said the primary goal of prison industries is to transform offenders into productive citizens who have a skillset. But Neal argues that the current arrangement at NDOC is counterproductive – mainly because offenders often come home penniless and at-risk.
Well-funded Democratic incumbent Steve Wolfson is defending his work as two challengers for the powerful Clark County district attorney position allege sentencing inconsistencies, poor leadership and lack of progress toward criminal justice reform on Wolfson's watch.