Military and Nevadans Living Overseas Participate in 2016 Nevada Caucuses

Nevada’s military services members, their families and civilians residing overseas were provided the opportunity to have their votes cast in the state’s 2016 caucuses. This is an important development as caucusing historically has been a you-have-to-be-there event. 

At the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the GOP adopted a national rule requiring every state with a caucus or convention to guarantee some way for active-duty military and disabled veterans to participate. Similar to last month’s Iowa Republican Caucus, military and civilian overseas voters registered as a Republicans in Nevada who wish to participate in the caucus are required to submit an online form on the Nevada Republican Party’s website, listing their complete voter registration address, county and voting precinct in order to validate their voter registration. They are then required to submit their ballot no later than the evening before the Republican caucus.

For the first time ever, Nevada Democrats set up a dial-in caucus this past Saturday for Nevada Democrats living abroad. These voters were required to register online with the Nevada Democratic Party at least one week before the caucus. After a voter’s registration was validated, they received an email containing a specific phone number to call at noon on the day of the caucus. Participants were required to stay on the entirety of the call to register their preference for the presidential nomination. The Nevada Democratic Party reported that Bernie Sanders won the dial-in caucus prize of two delegates.                               

The Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative works in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program in an effort to promote the right of over 5 million U.S. military and civilian overseas citizens registered to vote in U.S. elections. The initiative convenes and supports working advisory groups that promote best practices as well as facilitate data standardization policy solutions. For more information about the initiative, go to www.csg.org/ovi and follow the initiative on Twitter @CSGOverseasVote.

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