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Nevada Democrats gear up for caucus early voting

Posted at 7:46 AM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 13:37:30-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — State Democrats are preparing for the run-up to the caucus, unveiling more of their process one day before early voting occurs.

In a memo sent Wednesday the Nevada Democrats revealed they’ll be using a complex process involving the use of a Google Forms based “caucus calculator” built into iPads and backup paper copies.

They will also be using a two-step verification process having precinct chairs call in with the results and using the Google Form. All this comes after the party scrapped using an app that caused major problems in reporting results for the Iowa caucus.

Before the memo there has been frustration from volunteers and campaigns about being kept largely in the dark about how the vote will be tabulated and transmitted. A caucus site leader says there are concerns on implementing this so close to the caucus.

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“None of us have been trained to my knowledge on using any of the software tools. None of us have seen the iPads. We’ve been shown regular screenshots of regular spreadsheets and been told it will look something like this,” Seth Morrison, a caucus site leader, said.

He does say he believes it’s important for people to do early voting saying it’s the best way for voters to ensure their picks are accurately reflected. He explains there will be a paper trail to ensure it won’t get lost. If you’re looking to participate in early voting for the caucus that will start from Saturday through Tuesday at various locations across the state. The caucus itself will be held on the 22nd.