A proposal that would have changed how Nevada votes for presidential candidates has been defeated, but supporters say the measure could be revived. The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections failed to approve SB421, voting 6-4 on Wednesday, with Republicans John Moore and Shelly Shelton joining Democrats to defeat the bill. The measure would have allowed national political party heads to change Nevada’s current caucus system for selecting a presidential nominee to a primary election. Supporters say the change would increase voter turnout and avoid a confusing caucus process.
The bill would have created a one-day primary election without early voting, which supporters said could cost the state anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.
But Moore and Shelton said they opposed the measure and preferred the state’s caucus system. “It’s a good system now, we shouldn’t change it,” Moore said.