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Will Nevada Ditch Its Caucus For An Earlier Primary?

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Caucus-goers hold up their ballots, Presidential Preference Cards, at a caucus location at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nevada is third in line during the presidential primaries, after Iowa and New Hampshire.  


And Nevada has a caucus system, which is a lot different than a primary, where people cast ballots as they would in a regular election. 


Now, lawmakers are considering a bill to get rid of the caucus system. Supporters say that would make it easier for more people to participate – but how much difference would it really make?   


The change would also mean Nevada would have the first presidential primary in the country.


Fred Lokken, professor and chair of the political science department, Truckee Meadows Community College.  

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Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.