Paul Maez, who works in the county clerk’s office, is closely examining registrations to make sure voters are assigned to the right political districts.
In so doing, he’s finding some oddities.
At the beginning of the year, Maez, who is now the elections bureau supervisor, essentially swapped jobs with Melanie Rivera, who was elected county clerk. Maez served as county clerk for two four-year terms, but state law bars him from running for a third term in a row.
One of the most difficult areas to examine was Dora Celeste Street, which is in north Las Vegas and goes in and out of city limits, Maez said. Nearby Williams Drive also has some problems.
Indeed, in December 2007, when a couple was murdered on Dora Celeste, law enforcement authorities were initially confused about whether it was in state or city police jurisdiction.
Maez said there has been some confusion about where the city limit is.
“I don’t think there are surveyed lines,” he said.
He said the city limit is jagged, likely because the city annexes one property at a time rather than entire sections. He remembers an instance in which a resident’s house was both in and out of city limits. But because a majority of the house was inside city limits, Maez said, it was decided to let that resident vote in city elections.
Another problem is Grand Avenue; there are differing interpretations about where South and North Grand meet, Maez said.
On the west side, he said, Montezuma is listed as a street and as an avenue at different points. That’s reflected in the map in the phonebook.
Also in the same part of town, Sabino Street, which is clearly inside city limits, is listed as a rural route by the post office, Maez said.
“I don’t know how that’s possible,” he said.
Rivera said her office is working on this project to get things cleaned up in time for the 10-year redistricting, which starts next year.
“Hopefully, we’ll get this right some day,” she said.