Nevada Democrats: Almost 75,000 took part in early caucus voting

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Nevada Democratic Party said Wednesday that almost 75,000 Nevadans took part in early caucus voting from Saturday through Tuesday. For the majority of them, it was their first participation in the Nevada caucus.

The line for early caucus voting at the Nevada Democratic headquarters on Feb. 18, 2020.

The early voting was for those who couldn’t attend the regular caucus on Saturday, Feb. 22.

“We knew that launching the first-ever early voting period for Nevada’s caucus would be a huge challenge to pull off, but the driving force behind this was wanting to bring more Nevadans into the process of selecting our Democratic nominee,” Nevada State Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce said in a statement from the party. “These blockbuster turnout numbers show what we accomplished by making the caucus more flexible for voters, and we are now laser-focused on ensuring we finish strong with our most expansive and accessible caucus day yet on Saturday.”

The Democrats said they trained almost 900 volunteers to work at 82 early voting sites, one in every county. Staff spoke English, Spanish and Tagalog.

CNN reported Nevada’s Democratic Party is working hard not to experience the problems that plagued the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, but those overseeing the big event do not expect Saturday to be a trouble-free night.

“Nevada Democrats have been committed to making this the most accessible caucus in our state’s history so more voters can easily participate in the process of selecting our party’s nominee to win the White House and beat Donald Trump, and that’s exactly what we have delivered,” Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II said in a party statement. “With nearly 75,000 Nevadans showing up to make their voices heard, it’s clear we have the energy and momentum to build on our incredible early vote turnout with a successful caucus day and Democratic wins up and down the ballot in November.”

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