On Wednesday, Nevada’s state Democratic Party concluded two days of caucus training for Spanish speakers in an effort to educate and turn out voters in Latino communities.
The training includes how to vote early for the caucus, which Nevada will allow for the 2020 election cycle. Nevada is scheduled to hold its caucuses on Feb. 22, the third nominating contest of the 2020 presidential nomination process. Caucus material will also be offered in English and Tagalog.
The state party began hosting Spanish-language training in September. Latinos account for nearly one-third of the state’s population. The large Latino primary electorate is viewed as a litmus test of Democratic presidential contenders’ appeal to a key voting bloc, which is projected to make up the second-largest voting bloc in the country in 2020.
“We have fantastic diversity in Nevada and with 72 days to go before our First in the West Caucus, going into all of our communities and educating everyone on our new caucus process will be crucial to keeping Nevada blue in 2020,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II. “With an increased number of caucus sites, multilingual caucus materials, and introducing four days of early voting, NV Dems is creating every opportunity possible to ensure our Latinx community and all Nevada Democrats participate in our most expansive and accessible caucus yet.”
The state party had originally planned to offer “virtual” caucusing in order to make it easier for people to participate but had to scrap those plans after Democratic National Committee rejected the plan over security concerns.
Constituency-focused training for African-American, LGBTQ+, Labor, Rural, and Youth voter communities are planned for later this year and in early 2020.