If you have received your early voting ballots you may be wondering why certain names are missing, notably Trump, DeSantis (who recently suspended his campaign) and a handful of others. You aren’t the only one. This has been the topic of conversations for the past couple of weeks.
The reason for this is that the canidates not on the ballot chose not to run in the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) election and, instead, opted for the Republican Caucus. The Republican Caucus will run on Feb 8th, two days after the PPP. Up until 2021, both parties chose candidates by caucus. Then Democratic Governor at the time, Steve Sisolak signed the law, making Nevada the first state to hold presidential primaries. Since that time the Democrats have shifted to the primary system, but the Republicans have not. The difference between the caucus and the PPP? The PPP can do mail in voting while the caucus requires a voter ID and no mail in ballots. To the Republicans this is an aspect they feel gives the election more integrity and transparency. Many Republicans have called the PPP the popular vote and a waste of time and money.
With all the confusion with these elections, it is important to note that the delegate count is only going to come from the caucus. So what should you do if your candidate is not on the PPP ballot? Experts say to vote “NONE OF THE ABOVE”.
According to the “The First in the West 2024 Presidential Caucus” postcardmailed out to every registered Republican this month, “The Nevada GOP Caucus is the only place where Presidential candidates can earn delegates to the Republican National Convention and become the GOP nominee to take on Joe Biden next November –Make sure you come to the caucus and vote for your favorite candidate!”
Candidates that will appear only on the “First in the West caucus ballot are:
Former Governor Chris Christie
Former President Donald J. Trump
Any Republican registered to vote by January 8th is eligible to participate in the caucus. The Republican caucus will be held at the Convention Center February 8th, from 5 to 7 pm. ID will be required.