Should Nevada Caucus Or Primary?

RENO, NV - About 2,000 Carson City residents came and participated in the Nevada Caucus.

While they were there, they were asked to sign a petition, advising Nevada Lawmakers to change the caucus into a primary.

“The average voter does not like the caucus process. It disenfranchises too many people. There's only a small group of people that can be at a place during a three hour window, Carol Howell with the Nevada Republican Central Committee.

Howell says they collected 500 signatures and are still taking them at Carson City's Republican Headquarters.

She suspects after all the confusion in Clark County a similar petition will be rolled out there as well.

If our interviews were any indication, many voters would support such a measure.

“I don't know the caucus was kind of confusing for everyone,” says Carol Atkins.

“I think the caucus was too easily influenced by those that show up,” says Sara Shadrick.

A bill draft is already in the works for a Nevada Presidential Primary.

It would move up Nevada's Primary in June to February where Presidential Candidates would top the ticket.

That means state and local office candidates would find themselves campaigning for well over a year.

But there would be no additional cost to county taxpayers.

It's a different story if a Presidential Primary would stand alone.

“It would probably wind up because of the two different kinds of ballot styles about $340,000 in Washoe County alone,” says Dan Burk, Washoe County’s Registrar of Voters.

Costs picked up by taxpayers as opposed to political parties who currently organize and pay for the caucus process.

Another consideration is what role Nevada wants to play in Presidential Politics.

A set primary date allows for no flexibility—something Nevada Republicans faced this year when New Hampshire threatened to move its primary to late 2011.

Other states could choose to move ahead of Nevada as well.

The move to create a Nevada Presidential Primary will be in the hands of lawmakers during the 2013 session.

For now, Nevada's Primary is June 12th.


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