I was a volunteer last night for our precinct at the Nevada Caucus. If you get the photo above, good for you! It was a silly joke my husband made at lunch yesterday asking what time the “rooster rump” was. 😉
I thought I would take a lot of pictures but was way to busy! Which is a good thing. It meant people were coming in exercising their right to vote. There were three of us manning the check-in covering our precinct and one other. We had to check IDs and have people sign-in, explain the process, hand them their ballots, and direct them to the room for our precinct.
The beautiful lady on the right is our precinct chairman. She was really busy, too, making sure people who wanted to speak had their chance. She said it got a little heated at times. One thing I do like about a caucus is the ability to meet with neighbors and discuss the candidates and the issues. This year, though, it was four hours long to cover the shifts of the miners. The county GOP wanted to make sure everyone had an open time to come and vote.
It was very interesting to have this binder full of the names of registered Republicans but only have 2-4 people listed on each page actually show up to participate. It’s kind of sad really, to think some people just don’t even realize the power of the vote. Our county also has a lot of registered Independents, which I totally understand because not one party totally aligns with my beliefs, but here in Nevada if your are registered as an Independent the only time you get to vote is in a general election. We have “closed” primaries and caucuses, meaning only those registered with those parties can participate. The Independents are cutting off their opportunities to help narrow down the field of presidential (and other) candidates.
I’m not happy with who won the Nevada caucus. I am glad it’s not a winner take all state! I am grateful to have the opportunity to cast my vote, volunteer, and have a small part in the political process. Now on to super Tuesday next week to see how that plays out!