Nevada’s political parties may have the option of offering voters a presidential primary in 2020 instead of a caucus system. Assembly Bill 293 would allow each political party to have a presidential preference primary instead of a caucus. The move could reshape how Nevada voters help pick the Republican and Democratic nominees for president. “This just adds another option on the menu,” Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, D-Las Vegas, told the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on Tuesday. “If both parties still opt into the caucus system that they are using today, they are more than welcome to do so.”
The caucuses for both sides are run by political parties, not county or state elections officials. In 2016, the Democratic caucus was Feb. 20; the Republican caucus was Feb. 23. Nevada has coveted status as an early voting state and the first state in the West in the presidential nomination process. Nevada Republicans picked Donald Trump in the caucus; Nevada Democrats picked Hillary Clinton.
The bill would allow a political party’s central committee to opt for a primary instead of a caucus.