Nevada’s caucus system for presidential nominees is on shaky ground after senators approved a measure seeking to replace it with a primary election. Senators voted 11-9 on Tuesday to approve SB421, with Democrats opposing. The measure now moves to the Assembly. The bill would preserve Nevada’s influential position as one of the earliest states to nominate a presidential candidate. But it would change the selection process from a gathering of only the most motivated party activists to a regular election among all voters.
It would also move the primary election date to the last Tuesday in February. The primary is currently held in June.
Republican Sen. James Settelmeyer said the measure would put Nevada in a unique political position and dumping the caucus system would increase turnout.
“We’d be the first state in the union to have early voting for the president of the United States,” he said.