Time to Re-Examine Nevada’s Caucus System

RobertaLange01— by Roberta Lange, Chair–NV State Democratic Party

Earlier this year, Nevada voters made their voices heard in the Democratic presidential race. The contest here between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was energetic and hard-fought, a clear reminder of why the country needs an early state with our demographic, regional and cultural diversity.

But despite the substantial innovations the Nevada State Democratic Party incorporated this year, the caucus process remains difficult for too many people. The neighborhood meeting format may have made sense in an earlier time, but it simply doesn’t make as much sense today.

Now is the right time for Nevadans to re-examine our existing caucus system and foster a thoughtful discussion about how we move forward to make this process more convenient and accessible.

Whether it’s shifting to a state-funded primary or substantially revamping the mechanics of the party-run caucuses, we will need to work to protect our priorities as Democrats: to increase voter access and retain our important position in this process as one of the four early states.

Read my op-ed column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the history of our presidential caucus and why it’s time to re-examine this system.

We look forward to continuing this conversation and hearing your ideas in the months ahead.


Want to be a Delegate/Alternate to National Convention?

If you plan on running to be a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention, you will need to be elected as a Delegate or Alternate at your county convention to the NV Dems State Convention on Saturday, May 14th.


To aid those who wish to run to be a part of the Nevada Delegation, the NV Dems have put together a series of informational webinars. The webinars will discuss how to run to be a Delegate, the costs associated with being a Delegate and much more.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in being a part of the Nevada Delegation to participate in a webinar. You can RSVP here for any of the following training dates by clicking on the preferred date below:


In order to run to be a Delegate or Alternate to the National Convention, you must have completed the Preliminary Delegate Intent Form and submitted it to your respective county party by 10:00 am on Saturday, April 2nd.

You will also need to complete the Delegate Intent Form/Statement of Candidacy and submit it at the State Convention by 10:00 am, Saturday, May 14th 2016.

If you plan on running to be a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention, you will need to be elected as a Delegate or Alternate at your county convention to the NV Dems State Convention on Saturday, May 14th.


The 2016 Nevada State Democratic Party Convention will take place on Saturday, May 14th at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

If you are interested in volunteering at the  NV Dems 2016 State Convention, you can sign up here.

To confirm that you were elected as a Clark County delegate to the State Convention, you will need to verify that your name is on one of the lists below.

If you were elected to be a State Convention Delegate , check these lists:

If you were elected to be a State Convention Alternate , check these lists:

Read the 2016 Convention Call here.

Read the approved 2016 Convention Rules here.

Read the approved 2016 Election Rules here.

Read the Final Nominations for NV Dems Executive Board


The Democratic National Convention will take place from July 25th to July 28th, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where elected delegates from around the country will convene to decide who will be the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President!

The Nevada Delegation will consist of 43 Delegates and 3 Alternates elected in the following categories:

  • 23 District Level Delegates (2 Alternates)

  • 7 At-Large Delegates (1 Alternate)

  • 8 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (State Chair, Vice Chair, etc…)

  • 5 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates (PLEOs)

(The majority of people running to be a National Delegate should run for the District-Level or At-large positions.  District-Level Delegates are elected by State Convention Delegates from only the Congressional District in which a Delegate candidate is running.  At-large Delegates are elected by the State Convention as a whole.)

  1. Have attended and been elected as a Delegate or Alternate to your respective county convention at your precinct caucus on February 20th, 2016.
  2. Have completed a Preliminary Delegate Intent to Run form and submitted the form to your respective county party by 10:00 am on April 2, 2016.
  3. Have attended your respective county convention and been elected as a Delegate or Alternate to the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention.
  4. Attend the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention on May 14th, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada and be elected as a Delegate or Alternate to the Democratic National Convention.
  5. Complete a Delegate Intent Form at the state convention by 10:00 am on May 14th, 2016.
  6. Delegates are solely responsible for the entire cost of travel and accommodation related to the National Convention.


What is the Democratic National Convention?

  • The Democratic National Convention is where delegates from across the country will officially nominate the Democratic Nominee for President.  We will also craft our Party’s national platform and conduct other party business.

Where will the Democratic National Convention be held?

  • The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Monday, July 25th, 2016 through Thursday, July 28th, 2016. Delegates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 25th, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Where will the Nevada delegation be staying?

  • The Nevada delegation will be staying at the Embassy Suites City Center,  just blocks away from Logan Square, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Liberty Bell, Independence Halls and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Does the Nevada State Democratic Party assist delegates financially to attend the convention?

  • No, delegates are responsible for the entire cost of their travel and accommodations related to the National Convention. The room rate for the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia is $500 a night. Flights from Las Vegas to Philadelphia  average between $400 to $600 roundtrip.

How many District Level Delegates will be elected in my congressional district?

  • CD 1 – 5 total delegates (2 male and 3 female) and 1 alternate (male)
  • CD 2 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female)
  • CD 3 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female) and 1 alternate (female)
  • CD 4 – 6 total delegates (3 male and 3 female)

These district level delegates were allocated based on the precinct caucus vote won in each congressional district by each presidential preference on February 20, 2016.  Each Presidential Preference will elect the following number of district level delegates at the May 14th State Convention:

  • CD 1 – 3 Clinton, 2 Sanders
  • CD 2 – 3 Clinton, 3 Sanders
  • CD 3 – 3 Clinton, 3 Sanders
  • CD 4 – 4 Clinton, 2 Sanders

Do I need to indicate on my Delegate Intent Form which category of delegates I am running for?

  • Yes, you must indicate your intention to run as a District Level, PLEO, and/or At-large delegate/alternate.

Can I run for a delegate/alternate in multiple categories?

  • Yes, you may run for delegate/alternate in as many categories as you qualify.

Where can I find more information on the diversity goals?

Are there other ways I can participate in the National Convention?

  • Yes, the Democratic National Convention and Philadelphia Host Committee are looking for hundreds of volunteers for the week of the convention.
  • Transportation and housing are typically not provided, but you are able to be a part of the convention’s success and part of the convention festivities in Philadelphia.

Please visit PHLDNC.com for more information about the National Convention!

Download this information here.

2016 Nevada State Democratic Party Precinct Caucuses

WHEN:  Saturday February 20, 2016

TIME:  11 a.m. PST (Doors open at 10 am for same-day registration)

What are the Nevada Caucuses?
The Nevada Caucuses are gatherings of neighbors, organized by the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP), where Democrats join others in their precincts to begin the process of  registering preferences for Democratic candidates running for President. With our First-in-the-West status, Nevadans will be the third state to share our recommendations on the Democratic Presidential nominee to the rest of the country. The Precinct Caucuses are also the organizational foundation of the NSDP.

Who can participate in the caucus?
Any person who is eligible to vote in the state of Nevada and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8, 2016, may participate. You must reside in the precinct in which they wish to participate, and must be registered as a Democrat — you may register or change party affiliation on caucus day.

Where are the caucuses held?
Generally your caucus site will be close to home, neighborhood meeting points such as schools, community centers, churches are used as caucus locations. The exact location for each precinct will be announced in the winter.

How do the Democratic Caucuses work?
Eligible caucus goers divide to form Presidential preference groups. If a preference group for a candidate does not have enough people to be considered “viable,” a threshold set at the beginning of the day, eligible attendees will have an opportunity to join another preference group or acquire people into their group to become viable. Delegates are then awarded to the preference groups based on their size. Caucus day will also feature the opportunity for anyone interested in being on the county central committee to sign up as well as the submission of resolutions for the county platform.

At the end of the day, who is determined as the “Winner” of the Nevada Caucuses?

On caucus day, Nevadans in each precinct elect delegates to their respective county conventions, but the winner of the caucuses will be the candidate who accrues the most delegates.

Any caucus participant may stand for election as a delegate to the county convention.   Anyone who wants to be elected a national delegate must participate in the precinct caucuses, and each subsequent event –county convention on April 2, 2016, and the state convention on May 14 and 15, 2016.

How are results reported?
Results from each of the precincts will be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party by precinct chairs.

Can press attend?
Yes—all caucus locations are open to the public and press.

Link to the Delegate Selection Plan

NSDP Central Cmtee Mtg Notice

Nevada State Democratic Party
State Central Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 26

Western Nevada College
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Cedar Building | Marlette Hall

Nevada State Democratic Party Office
6233 S. Dean Martin Drive | Las Vegas, NV 89118

Rural NV Democratic Caucus: 10:00 a.m.
NSDP Committee Meetings: 10:30 a.m.
NSDP Executive Board Mtg: 11:30 a.m.
NSDP Central Committee: 1:00 p.m.

#ItsNotUpToThem Week

— Roberta Lange, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair

A few weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a backwards ruling that allows for-profit corporate CEOs to make medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.  That’s right – in the year 2014, the Supreme Court thinks female employees’ healthcare decisions should be made in a corporate boardroom, not a doctor’s office.

This week, the United States Senate will vote on legislation to address the Supreme Court’s ruling and ensure women who work at for-profit corporations have access to reproductive healthcare.  While Democrats like Senator Reid, Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford, and Erin Bilbray support ensuring women have access to reproductive healthcare, Republicans like Dean Heller and Joe Heck have consistently voted to restrict women’s access to contraception.

In support of the Senate bill, Nevada Democrats are launching #ItsNotUpToThem week.  All week we will be highlighting how dangerous the Republican agenda is for the health of Nevada women.  Because whether it’s Mark Hutchison leading the charge to go back to a time where private insurance companies could treat being a woman as a pre-existing condition, or Joe Heck voting to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, it’s time we send a message to Nevada Republicans that women’s healthcare decisions aren’t up to them or corporate bosses.

Sign your name here to tell Republicans it’s 2014, not 1914.    

Please note that Roberta mentioned Candidate Erin Bilbray who is running agains Rep. Joe Heck, but failed to mention Kristen Spees who is running against Rep. Mark Amodei to represent those of us who are unfortunate enough to live in NV-Congressional District 2!