If you thought the Iowa caucuses were a disaster, the Associated Press warns, just wait to see what Democrats do in Nevada a week from Saturday. Not only do the same problems exist, the state party has found even more ways than their Iowa counterparts did to complicate the process. This goes far beyond an app, although apps are still another potential trap:
Volunteers who will be leading the Feb. 22 caucuses said key information had yet to be shared. There has been no hands-on training with iPads being deployed to caucus sites on Election Day nor opportunities to try out a new “tool” that will be loaded onto the iPads and used during the caucus process.
Adding to the mix is that Nevada also plans to offer early voting, a complicated step that Iowa did not attempt. That has prompted some confusion about how early voters would be included in the multi-stage caucus process.
Wait — what? Caucusing and early voting? That’s insane. The whole point of caucusing is to aggregate activists into a room and force them through a series of choices to align with a final candidate. What happens to early voters who cast their support for Andrew Yang or Michael Bennet? Those three guys are gonna be pissed when their final vote doesn’t count at all. Even apart from the complexity involved, caucusing is supposed to be about commitment and turnout. If states want early voting in presidential-preference contests, they should be using a primary and the regular election infrastructure.