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Registration and check-in opens at 11 a.m. PT. Nevadans must be in line by 12 noon to participate. Precinct caucuses are allowed to start dividing into preference groups after 12 noon once attendees have been checked in. Results will come in on a rolling basis after that. It will depend on each precinct, but the first results should start coming in early afternoon.

From nvdems.com:

With Iowa and New Hampshire behind us, Nevada’s First in the West presidential caucus is on deck. Just 10 days away, the race now shifts to the West, with a focus on Nevada’s diverse electorate including a growing Latino, Asian and African American population. Here’s a primer on what to expect on Saturday, February 20:

Diverse Electorate

According to 2014 census data, roughly half of Nevada’s population is non-white:

  • 27.8% Latino
  • 9.1% African American
  • 8.3 % Asian American
  • 0.7% Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
  • 1.6% American Indian and Alaska Native
  •  4.0% Two or more races
  • 51.5% White alone

Here’s the demographic breakdown from 2008 caucus exit polls, the last time Nevada had a competitive Democratic caucus as an early state:

  • 15% Latino
  • 15% African American
  • 3% Asian American
  • 65% White

And here’s the demographic breakdown from the 2012 general election exit polls:

  • 19% Latino
  • 9% African American
  • 5% Asian American
  • 64% White

Population Breakdown

  • Clark County: Of the estimated 2.8 million people who call Nevada home, nearly 2.1 million live in Clark County (Las Vegas) in Southern Nevada. That adds up to a whopping 73 percent of the state’s population.
  • Washoe County: Another estimated 440,000 people live in Washoe County (Reno) – the main population center in Northern Nevada. That’s nearly 16 percent of the state’s population.
  • Rural Counties: Nevada is the seventh largest state in the country, and the remaining 330,000 people live in Nevada’s more rural counties. Nevada’s 15 rural counties account for about 11 percent of the state’s population.
  • Labor: Nevada is the only early state with a strong organized labor presence. In 2014, union members accounted for 14.4 percent of wage and salary workers in Nevada – about 169,000 workers.
  • Veterans: 227,000 veterans call Nevada home – about 8 percent of the state’s population.
  • Growth: From 2000 to 2010, Nevada was the number one fastest growing state in the entire country in terms of population.

Swing State Status

Nevada is poised to be a key battleground at the presidential level and down the ticket. Our caucuses are an important organizing tool to mobilize our volunteers early in the election cycle, so we get a head start on winning Nevada for the Democratic presidential nominee, electing Catherine Cortez Masto to the U.S. Senate, electing more Democrats to Congress, and taking back our Democratic majorities in state Senate and Assembly.

  • 2008: Barack Obama beat John McCain by 12.4 percent (55.1% – 42.7%)
  • 2012: Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by 6.6 percent (52.3% – 45.7%)

Registered Democrats by County

These numbers are based on active registered Nevada voters as of January 2016, according the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.

County Active Registered Democrats
Carson City 6,466
Churchill 2,497
Clark 350,534
Douglas 5,667
Elko 3,668
Esmeralda 115
Eureka 102
Humboldt 1,430
Lander 504
Lincoln 664
Lyon 7,634
Mineral 1,055
Nye 7,025
Pershing 607
Storey 679
Washoe 81,350
White Pine 1,345
TOTAL 471,342

 

Be sure to follow @nvdems and #NVCaucus or #NVDemsCaucus to stay tuned in to what’s happening in Nevada. Get live results as they come in from NVDEMS.COM

Caucus FAQ

What are Nevada’s First in the West caucuses?

Nevada’s First in the West caucuses are neighborhood meetings where Democrats come together to declare their presidential preference. As the third state in the country and the first in the West to participate in the process of selecting our Democratic nominee, Nevadans have a unique opportunity on Saturday, February 20 to make their voices heard about the future of our party and our nation. These caucuses will help Nevada Democrats gear up early for the 2016 general election.

Where will caucuses take place across Nevada?

The NV Dems have set up about 250 caucus locations statewide. Nevadans should use our caucus locator tool to find their correct precinct caucus: nvdems.com/caucus/locations.

Who can participate in the caucuses? 

Any registered Democratic voter can participate, and Democrats allow same-day voter registration for those who need to update their information or change party affiliation. Any eligible voter who will be 18 years old by Election Day (November 8, 2016) can caucus. 

What time will the caucuses start? How long will they take?

Registration and check-in opens at 11 a.m. PT. Nevadans must be in line by 12 noon to participate. Precinct caucuses are allowed to start dividing into preference groups after 12 noon once attendees have been checked in. Results will come in on a rolling basis after that. It will depend on each precinct, but the first results should start coming in early afternoon.

How do the Democratic caucuses work?

Eligible caucus goers divide to form presidential preference groups. If a candidate’s preference group doesn’t have enough people to be “viable,” then those attendees will have an opportunity to join another preference group or join together with another non-viable group to become a viable group. Precinct-level delegates are awarded to the preference groups based on their size. 

When and how is a deck of cards used as a tie-breaker? 

In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal, groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines winner.

How are results reported?

Up to 12,359 precinct-level delegates will be awarded on Saturday. These results will be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party by precinct chairs through either a toll-free phone number using interactive voice response (IVR) technology, or a secure web form. This reporting system will allow the party to provide accurate and timely results to the public. The NV Dems have a website reporting precinct results, which includes a county-by-county interactive precinct map: nvcaucuses.com.

How many national (district-level) delegates are up for grabs on Saturday? 

Nevada sends a total of 43 delegates and three alternates to the Democratic National Convention. There are 23 pledged district-level delegates that will ultimately be awarded to the national convention based proportionally on Saturday’s precinct-level caucus results. The First Congressional District will award five delegates, and the Second, Third and Fourth Congressional Districts will each award six delegatesto each candidate based on the percentage of the precinct caucus vote. There are also five pledged party leaders and elected official delegates and seven at-large delegates that are elected proportionally from the state convention.

National Delegate Category Delegates Alternates
District-Level Delegates 23 2
Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates 8 0
Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates 5 0
At-Large Delegates 7 1
Total 43 3

 

What about the unpledged delegates, or “superdelegates”?

None of Nevada’s eight unpledged delegates are up for grabs on February 20. Unpledged delegates aren’t bound to any particular candidate and can shift their support, as many did in the 2008 primary. The only delegates allocated on February 20 are the 23 pledged district-level delegates.

Why is Nevada an early caucus state?

Nevada has used a presidential caucus system for decades. Ahead of the 2008 election cycle, the Democratic National Committee formally moved Nevada up in the nominating calendar because of our growing diversity, the importance of the West, and our designation as a caucus state. Nearly half of Nevada’s population is non-white: 28% Latino, 9% African American, and 9% Asian American / Pacific Islander. U.S. Senator Harry Reid played a critical role in securing our early-state status.

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