Harry Reid: Switch voting process from caucus to primary

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO)-- Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid on Sunday issued a statement saying Nevada should switch from caucus voting to primary.

The announcement comes as more than 24 hours after the Nevada Democratic Caucus ended, the Democratic Party had counted only 60 percent of the vote to elect county delegates. Also, candidate Pete Buttigieg alleged possible voting irregularities and wanted a more detailed breakout of the voting.

“With so much Democratic enthusiasm in Nevada, demonstrated again by the tremendous caucus turnout this year, I believe we should make the process of selecting our nominee even more accessible,” Reid said in a statement. “We've made it easier for people to register to vote here in Nevada in recent years and now we should make it easier for people to vote in the presidential contests. That’s why I believe it’s time for the Democratic Party to move to primaries everywhere.”

Reid noted he got Nevada pushed to near the front of caucus and primaries in 2008. “I firmly believe that Nevada, with our broad diversity that truly reflects the rest of the country, should not just be among the early states – we should be the first in the nation,” Reid said.

The majority of Nevada residents are not Caucasian, with Latino, African American, and Asian American Pacific Islander populations and the largest organized labor presence of any early state.

Final results on Monday, February 24, 2020 confirmed Bernie Sanders' win in Nevada with 47 percent of the vote. Joe Biden got 20 percent, Pete Buttigieg got 14 percent, Elizabeth Warren got 10 percent, Tom Steyer got 5 percent and Amy Klobuchar got 4 percent.

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