Student Voter Guide for Nevada’s 2020 Presidential Caucuses

This guide will help you participate in Nevada’s February 22 Presidential Caucus, in which you can help choose America’s Democratic presidential nominee.

In Nevada, presidential delegates are selected by caucuses that are run by the specific parties, and are limited to registered members of those parties. To participate in a caucus, you must be registered with the party holding the caucus. Choosing a party to caucus with does not commit you to vote for that party in future elections. (In 2020, the Nevada Republican Party will not be holding a Presidential nominating contest.)

Dates and Deadlines

Registration

  • By mail: Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Online: Monday, February 3
  • At the caucus: During early voting (February 15 to 18), caucus participants may same-day register to vote as a Democrat or change party affiliation at any Early Vote location. On Caucus Day (February 22), you may same-day register or change party affiliation at your precinct caucus location or strip caucus location (for casino employees).

Caucus date: Saturday, February 22 Voting starts around noon, check for exact times  

Early voting dates: February 15 to 18, at these locations

Why this caucus matters

If you’re a registered Democrat, you have a chance to determine the Presidential nominees for the Democratic Party. Coming at the beginning of the nation’s series of primaries and caucuses, the Nevada caucus plays a particularly important role. In Nevada, Democratic Party delegates are allotted proportionately to those candidates who reach a 15% threshold.

Candidate information

For Republican and Democratic Presidential candidate websites, CNN has a complete list. Politico also has a quick guide to Democratic candidate positions.

Eligibility

  • Any person who is eligible to vote in Nevada and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 3, 2020, can participate, but they must be a registered Democrat. 
  • On Caucus Day, participants must caucus in the precinct in which they’re registered. 
  • During early voting, participants may vote in any early voting location within the county where they reside, or if casino workers on the Las Vegas Strip, at strip caucus sites.

How to register to vote

In Nevada you can register to vote online, by mail, and in person at your county clerk or registrar of voters office, at various social service agencies, and on college campuses. For instructions, access to a mail-in form, and information about preregistering as a 17-year-old, see the Nevada Register to Vote page.

ID Requirements for registering

A Nevada DMV-issued driver’s license or ID is required.

ID Requirements for caucus participation

No photo ID is required for caucus participation.

Address to use for registering & voting

Per federal election law, college students can register and vote at either their campus address or their permanent home address, which may be out of state. However, voters can only be registered at one address. If you are not going to physically be in the state where you plan to vote, you will need to request an absentee ballot.

It’s your choice where to register. Registering at your campus address will not:

  • Affect your federal financial aid
  • Prevent your parents from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Cost you any scholarships, unless they’re tied to specific residency requirements
  • Affect your tuition status as an in-state or out-of-state student.

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