Like most caucus states, the process in Nevada is complicated and at times confusing. But just like the state itself, it’s also delightfully weird. We’ve compiled a list of the offbeat things that will make you want to watch the Nevada caucuses.
Democrats and Republicans caucus on different days.
Democratic caucus-goers will head to their caucus locations on Feb. 20. Republicans will hold their Nevada caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — three days after the GOP primary in South Carolina. The GOP caucuses are not all at the same time, starting within a four-hour period on Tuesday night.
And because of that…
You could technically vote twice, which could lead to sabotage.
https://vine.co/v/iv0rr7E3azW/embed/simpleSince the two parties caucus on different days, it’s possible that people could find a way to vote in both.
Democrats, who go first, allow for same-day registration. So, Republicans who want to meddle in the Democratic primary could technically register as a Democrat on the Democratic caucus day, and then three days later vote in the Republican caucus.
Jon Ralston, the dean of the Nevada press corps, said there is a possible GOP-organized effort to caucus for Bernie Sanders in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton.
Caucuses actually take place in casinos.
Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada, with many residents employed by the hotels and casinos located on the iconic Strip.
For those working during the caucuses, Democrats have set up six caucus locations in casinos: the New York-New York, Caesars Palace, the Rio, the Paris, Harrah’s and the Wynn Resort.
If there’s a tie, it’s broken in the most Las Vegas way ever.
a different game of chance is used to break a tie: high-card draw.
a different game of chance is used to break a tie: high-card draw.If Clinton and Sanders find themselves in a tie in any of the state’s caucus precincts, a representative from both candidates’ camps draws a card. Whoever gets the highest takes the precinct.
And just in case you’re wondering, aces are high.
Polling really doesn’t matter here, so we have no idea what will happen.
Nevada has only been a caucus state since 2008, meaning there’s little historical data to predict who will and who won’t caucus for either party.
That’s made polling — a system that is dependent on predicting who will actually turn out to vote — scarce in the contest.
It was long assumed that Clinton would easily carry the state, thanks to her support among Latinos, which make up a sizable portion of the Nevada electorate. But the few polls that have been released in recent days show the race in a tie.
In 2008, just just 117,000 people caucused when Clinton was running against Barack Obama. And that number could be lower this time around because the Culinary Union — the most powerful in Nevada — is sitting on the sidelines this year.
On the Republican side, what few polls we have show Donald Trump running away with the vote.
But here’s the caveat: Voting in a caucus state requires a heavy organizational lift because you have to inform your supporters when and where to go on caucus day. So, it’s unclear whether Trump can pull out a victory in Nevada.
In Iowa, also a caucus state, Trump came in second place despite polls showing him far ahead before caucus day.
Even if only a few thousand people vote, it could take a long time to get the results.
Turnout in the caucuses is remarkably low, but that doesn’t mean results will come in quickly.
In 2012, when Republicans had a competitive nominating contest, it took the Nevada Republican Party three days to count the 22,000 votes cast in the caucuses.
With the 2016 primary garnering even more attention and excitement, it’s possible that more votes will be cast. So it could be a very long night for viewers hoping to see a decision on the GOP side.