NV Dems memo outlines caucus day reporting procedures

Line of people to caucus at the AFL-CIO building in Henderson during the last hours of early voting Tuesday. (Photo: Dana Gentry)
Line of people to caucus at the AFL-CIO building in Henderson during the last hours of early voting Tuesday. (Photo: Dana Gentry)

With early voting over and on the eve of the Nevada Caucus, the Nevada Democratic Party released a memo Friday outlining how it will report the results as concerns grow over the process. 

According to the memo:

  • The caucus reporting sheet is where the final results of the precinct caucus are
    recorded and one representative from each viable group will be asked to sign off
    on the results in the precinct room.
  • After their precinct caucuses conclude, the precinct chairs will call a hotline to
    securely report their results to a trained operator, will submit via text a photo of
    their caucus reporting sheet to state party staff through an established MMS
    reporting hub, and then they will return their caucus reporting sheet and other
    materials to their Site Lead.
  • After the caucus, site leads will use one iPad to take a photo of their caucuses
    reporting sheets as an additional redundancy, return all reporting sheets into an
    appropriate envelope, and deliver all materials back to the State Party. 

Three sets of data must be reported according, to rules set by the Democratic National Committee: raw votes from the first alignment, raw votes from the final alignment and the county delegate result. 

“The Nevada State Democratic Party has provided a standard process for any presidential candidate to request a prompt and accurate recount where any questions regarding reported results or issues on caucus reporting sheets can be evaluated and addressed,” Alana Mounce, the executive director of the state party, wrote in the memo. “In the event of a recount, if the state party finds that the calculation used to award delegates was not correct, the party will correct the total number of awarded delegates.”

Results “will be posted on a public reporting website hosted by NV Dems with periodic updates.” The memo did not provide the website URL.

Nevada was the first state to implement an early voting period — the state is one of four, along with three territories, that has a caucus. 

NV Dems set up more than 80 early voting sites, which nearly 75,000 visited during early voting.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.