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Nevada elections leader on upcoming events: 'It’s an exciting time for Nevada voters'

Democrat Cisco Aguilar is seen on Election Day.
John Locher
Democrat Cisco Aguilar is seen on Election Day.

The filing period for candidates to participate in the state’s election process came to a close this week.

In Nevada, there are two nominating procedures, the presidential preference primary, which will be held Feb. 6 and the Republican caucus, to be held two days later.

Twenty candidates have filed for the primary. Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar acknowledged the two procedures back-to-back may be confusing, but he said this is also an exciting time.

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“It’s an exciting time for Nevada voters. Nevada being a battleground state, Nevada’s gonna have a major opportunity to have a voice in who the actual president of the United States is and I think every Nevada voter recognizes the opportunity to have that national to have that national voice.”

Aguilar said his office will embark on a comprehensive awareness campaign to make sure voters understand that the primary is a closed election where only voters registered with one of the major parties can vote.

He said a big part of his efforts will be aimed at Independents.

“Given that Nevada has the largest nonpartisan registered voters, that number is 622,000, it’s important to speak to those voters about the primary process and to have them understand that if they wish to participate in the upcoming Primary, they need to re-register with one of the major political parties,” he said.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. Early voting begins Saturday, Jan. 27.

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.