Presidential Caucus Information
Presidential Caucuses in Nevada
Pursuant to Nevada law, Nevada does not conduct Primary Elections to select Presidential candidates. Instead, major political parties hold caucuses. The political parties determine the dates of the caucuses and deadlines by which to be registered to attend. The Washoe County Registrar of Voters is not involved in the conduct of caucuses. For more information on the 2016 Caucuses, contact either of the major political parties.
The tentative caucus dates are below. However, you should directly contact your party to confirm the dates and times, as these may be subject to change.
The Democratic caucus is currently scheduled for February 20, 2016 (Saturday).
The Republican caucus is currently scheduled for February 23, 2016 (Tuesday).
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What Is a Caucus?
"Caucuses were the original method for selecting candidates but have decreased in number since the primary was introduced in the early 1900s. In states that hold caucuses a political party announces the date, time, and location of the meeting. Generally any voter registered with the party may attend. At the caucus, delegates are chosen to represent the state's interests at the national party convention. Prospective delegates are identified as favorable to a specific candidate or uncommitted. After discussion and debate an informal vote is taken to determine which delegates should be chosen." (Source: Project Vote Smart)
Also see the Nevada Secretary of State's web page on the "History of Nevada Presidential Preference Primary Elections and Caucuses".
Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)
The NRS sections below address political party caucuses. Click the bolded citation to directly go to the actual law.
• NRS 293.133 Number of delegates from voting precincts to county convention.
• NRS 293.135 Precinct meetings of registered voters before county convention: Time and place; notice.
• NRS 293.137 Election of delegates to county convention; procedure if precinct fails to elect delegates; certificates given to elected delegates; party to adopt procedural rules.
• NRS 293.140 County conventions: Manner of organization; authorized action of delegates.
• NRS 293.150 State conventions: Place and actions; additional conventions.