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March 20, 2019 Press Releases

MEMO: NV Dems 2020 Delegate Selection Plan


by Nevada Democrats

MEMO

To: Interested Parties

From: Alana Mounce, Nevada State Democratic Party Executive Director

Date: March 20, 2019

Subject: NSDP Proposed 2020 Caucus & Delegate Selection Plan

The Nevada State Democratic Party is dedicated to creating a delegate selection plan tailored to Nevada and represents our Democratic Community. While maintaining some of our popular voting traditions like strip caucuses and bilingual preference cards, the State Party is increasing access to Democrats with expanded voting options and additional preference card translations.

Previous NV Caucus Process:

  • The NSDP allows those who wish to participate, but aren’t yet registered Democrats the ability to register with the Democratic Party the same day they participate in the caucus.
  • With the help of the Culinary Union, the State Party hosts caucus sites on the Las Vegas Strip to ensure our hospitality workers have the opportunity to participate.
  • Nevada’s Latino community makes up nearly one third of our population so we offer bilingual preference cards for participants in English and Spanish.
  • Caucus sites are run by temporary precinct captains who are elected permanent captains at the beginning of the caucus process on Caucus Day.

 

New NV 2020 Caucus Process:

  • The NSDP is expanding upon Caucus Day to include four days of in-person early voting to accommodate those unable to attend on February 22, 2020.
  • The State Party will also offer two days to participate in a virtual caucus for those who can’t attend in person.
  • We will maintain our tradition of hosting precinct caucuses and at-large caucus locations on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • We will also continue to offer same day registration to those who wish to participate, but aren’t yet registered Democrats.
  • We will expand upon our bilingual preference cards to include a third language, Tagalog, to accommodate our growing AAPI community.
  • The NSDP will publicly release raw vote totals per candidate on Caucus Day and have the ability to hold a recanvass or recount if necessary.

 

Proposed 2020 Caucus Outline

Early Voting and Absentee

Nevada Democrats will now have the convenience of expanded voting options. They will be able to participate virtually or in-person leading up to Caucus Day. In creating an in-person early voting period and offering a method for absentee voters to participate, the 2020 caucus process will be more accessible and open.

  • Four days in-person early voting
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • If not Democrats already, participants will have the ability to register as a Democrat
  • Process: Participants will complete their presidential preference card and are able to leave once they are done
  • Two Virtual Caucuses
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Pre-registration requirement for security and voter identification

 

Caucus Day

The State Party will maintain our tradition of precinct caucuses and at-large strip caucuses to ensure our hospitality workers have the ability to participate on Caucus Day.

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • If not Democrats already, participants will have the ability to register as a Democrat
  • Early voters and virtual caucus participants prohibited from attending
  • Process: Participants will complete their presidential preference card and gather for first and, if needed, second alignment

 

Process

The State Party is committed to operating in a transparent and open manner. During our early vote period, we will not release any vote totals publicly--all results will be made public at the conclusion of Caucus Day. For the first time, the State Party will now release raw alignment totals per candidate and will have the ability to hold a recanvass or recount if necessary.

Additionally, delegate allocation will be final on Caucus Day and no longer negotiable at the county or state conventions.

Determining the Viability Threshold  

  • Prior to Caucus Day, the Nevada State Democratic Party will sum raw early vote & virtual caucus totals by candidate for each precinct. The State Party will load early vote data using a secure tabulation method by precinct. This data will not be visible externally.
  • For precincts electing 2 delegates, viability shall be twenty-five percent (25%) of the eligible caucus attendees present and expressing presidential preference, plus the raw number of early and virtual caucus participants from the precinct.
  • For precincts electing 3 delegates, viability shall be one-sixth (1/6) of the eligible caucus attendees present and expressing presidential preference, plus the raw number of early and virtual caucus participants from the precinct.
  • For precincts electing 4 or more delegates, viability shall be fifteen percent (15%) of the eligible caucus attendees present and expressing presidential preference, plus the raw number of early and virtual caucus participants from the precinct.
  • Upon the conclusion of the announcement of results from the initial alignment, if and only if there are any non-viable preference groups, the eligible caucus attendees in those groups will have up to another fifteen (15) minutes to realign with a viable group. This process is the second alignment.
  • Following the second alignment—or first alignment, (in the event that no preference groups are non-viable)—the permanent chair will allocate the delegates for the precinct to the viable preference groups using the following formula:

(# of members within a presidential preference group) x (# of delegates elected from that precinct caucus)

(Total number of eligible precinct caucus attendees)

*The result of this formula shall be rounded up at .5, and rounded down below .5.

  • Due to rounding, it is possible to apportion more or less delegates than   the caucus is required to elect. In these cases, a group or groups may gain or lose a delegate depending upon the fractions that result when determining their share of delegates. A group may never lose its only delegate.
  • These results will be determined at the caucus by the permanent chair using a secure reporting method. These results will then be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party.

 

Delegate Selection

  • To fill the delegate positions awarded to each preference group, eligible participants shall elect by a show of hands, within that preference group, those delegates to county convention for any person nominated to run as a delegate.
  • Delegates can self-nominate or be nominated by another person.
  • A potential delegate does not need to be present to be nominated and elected as a delegate so long as that person is a registered Democrat residing within that precinct
  • In order to run for a national delegate position, a person must be elected as a delegate at all three levels of the three-tiered system (precinct caucus, county convention, state convention) as well as attend each level; therefore, any person elected as a delegate without having attended a precinct caucus will be ineligible to run for any national delegate position.

 

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