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Primary vs. caucus: What NV voters should know this February

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024   

There are fewer than two weeks before registered Nevada voters get to cast their ballot in the state's first presidential preference primary on Feb. 6.

The state's transition from a caucus to a preference primary was made with Assembly Bill 126 during the 2021 Legislative session.

Mark Wlaschin, deputy Secretary of State for elections, said the preference primary is a closed election and only voters who are registered as Democrats or Republicans are eligible to vote for which candidates they want their delegates to support at their national conventions later this year.

"Really it is a closed primary only for the two major parties, for the Democratic and Republican parties," Wlaschin pointed out. "To help them identify who their general election candidates are going to be."

The Nevada Republican Party has said it will not accept the results from the preference primary and is still holding a caucus two days later on Feb. 8. The caucus for registered Republicans will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at caucus locations.

Wlaschin noted the preference primary is a separate election from the June primary, which is also a closed election, but will be open to registered, nonpartisan voters.

Lisa Lynn Chapman, Nevada disinformation state manager for the group Battle Born Progress, added she is already started to track more misinformation coming from the Nevada GOP surrounding the upcoming preference primary.

She stressed it is important to understand misinformation is incorrect information, as compared to disinformation, which she calls "intentional and tries to cause harm."

"They are stating that the caucus is the only true way to get everyone's opinion about who they want, which isn't true," Chapman explained. "We know that in the past when we've had presidential primaries there has been more participation than ever with the caucuses."

Battle Born Progress' sister organization, the Institute for a Progressive Nevada, and Silver State Voices have also created a nonpartisan voter guide for Nevadans to learn everything they need to know about the upcoming preference primary.

Disclosure: Battle Born Progress-Institute for a Progressive Nevada contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention, and Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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