What a week this has been in the 2020 Democratic primary. Following the winning results for Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire last week, and the poor debate debut of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Wednesday, we now have the Nevada Democratic caucuses as the next state on the early primary calendar.
Here is everything you need to know for the Nevada Caucuses happening today including voting time, live results, and how to register. Results may become available sometime around 4 pm ET is all goes as planned. If not, the results could be delayed much later in the evening time on the east coast.
Saturday, February 22
Nevada Democratic Caucus
Time: Check-in at 10 am PT, caucuses begin at 12 pm PT
Registration: Same-day registration allowed
Where To Vote: Early-Vote Locations, Caucus Day Locations
Delegates: 48 (36 pledged, 12 unpledged)
Threshold: 15% (A candidate must receive at least 15% to win a delegate)
The Nevada Democratic Party has stated that results may not be available on caucus night depending on how smoothly reporting goes. If results do become available, you can follow the numbers live below as they come in:
Results are expected sometime late in the evening on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Who can vote?
Anyone registered as a Democrat who will be 18 years old by the November general election (Nov. 3) can participate in the caucus. Same-day voter registration is available.
Registration will be open Saturday from 10 am to noon Pacific time. The caucuses will be called to order at about 12:30 pm and the organizing and candidate selection will begin.
Early voting, however, started Feb. 15 and ran through Feb. 18. This year, Nevada introduced early voting so that voters who couldn’t afford to spend an entire Saturday could still participate in the process.
How does the caucus work?
At each caucus site, attendees will group together based on which candidate they support. The precinct leaders will then determine whether enough people support each candidate. If the candidate has enough support, 15 percent or higher, they are considered “viable.”
After the first round of caucusing, individuals who support a candidate who didn’t garner enough support will have 15 minutes to switch over, or realign, with a different candidate or decide to be uncommitted.
How are delegates awarded?
There are 36 pledged national Democratic convention delegates, plus an additional 12 unpledged national Democratic convention delegates (superdelegates) from Nevada.
Out of the pledged national convention delegates, 23 are distributed proportionally based on congressional district results, while the remaining 13 are allocated proportionally based on the total statewide result.
Candidates have to hit the 15 percent threshold both statewide and in congressional districts to receive a share of those delegates.
Follow the complete 2020 Primary Schedule for all the upcoming contests.