In a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday, Governor Steve Sisolak said that he is working with officials and the Nevada Democratic Party to turn the state’s presidential caucus into a primary.
This comes just two days after former Nevada Senator Harry Reid called for an end to all caucuses.
“Thank you so much to Chairman McCurdy, the incredible State Party staff, and every volunteer who worked so hard under mounting pressure: you accepted the challenge and helped show the country what it means to be Battle Born. I’m so proud that the nation once again put a spotlight on our diverse electorate and had an opportunity to better understand the unique issues affecting our state,” the Governor’s statement said in part.
The Nevada caucuses were under heavy scrutiny following the chaotic Iowa caucuses, the results of which are still unconfirmed.
Plus, the state represented the first racially diverse state to vote in the Democratic primary this cycle.
Sisolak’s statement continues:
As Governor, one of my top priorities has been to make access to the ballot box easier for voters, including same-day registration and extending out early vote period. It’s clear to me that despite the strong reforms we instituted for 2020, the caucus process has fundamental challenges that make it too difficult for too many Nevadans to participate. As we look ahead to the next presidential election cycle, I believe we must further open up the process of selecting our nominee and I intend to work with our State Party and leaders in the State Senate and Assembly to review how e could switch to an early presidential primary.
Many political experts have said that the four-day early voting period in the Nevada caucuses this year made the process more primary-like.
Senator Bernie Sanders emerged from the Nevada caucus as the Democratic frontrunner with 47 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg trailed.
Nevada had previously gotten rid of a state primary 40 years ago due to its fiscal impact on the state.