Notes for All You Berners

What’s been happening

And here is some info from a caucus veteran:

Nevada Caucus Precinct Level Part 1
— by Margery Hansen  

My name is Margery Hanson and I would like to share my experience, from the 2008 Nevada Caucus with you, from the Precinct, these are the things you need to know, if you’ve never done this before.

The definition and explanation of a Caucus for the state of Nevada, makes the entire experience, seem a little too polite and almost boring. Let me assure you it is neither polite, nor boring.

For the purposes of sharing this information with you, I’m going to call this part 1 for the Precinct Caucus, part 2 for the County Convention and part 3 for the State Convention.  (video:

Since you’ve decided you want to caucus for Bernie, this is what you’re going to have to prepare for.

The Precinct Caucus is on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, the doors will open at 9:00 a.m. It’s not unusual for people to start lining up for the Caucus, as early as 6:00 a.m. You might want to go early and bring a folding chair to sit in, until the doors open, as well as something to eat, something to drink and a calculator, because you’re going to be there for a while.

If you don’t know your Precinct number, now is a good time to find out. Go to NVSOS.GOV and follow the instructions there.

The Precinct Caucus is hosted by your local County Democratic Central Committee. There will be people from the Committee to help direct you to your Precinct.

Only Democratic Party members may participate in the Democratic Caucus at any level. Saturday, February 20th, 2016 is the last day to register as a Democrat to participate in the Caucus process. Usually there are tables set up to register people from other political parties, should they want to participate in the Democratic Caucus.

Once you are inside your Precinct room, the doors will be closed. Tables will be designated for people to sit at, in order to support for their candidate, for President. I’m supporting Bernie Sanders so I’m going to sit at Bernie’s table.

Supporters at each Candidate’s table, will have to nominate someone to count the supporters at the table, in order to make sure their candidate is viable to go to the next level of the Caucus. Delegates shall be divided according to each group’s size.
The following word problem will apply to choosing Delegates:

The number of eligible attendees at a preferred candidates table X the number of Delegates to be chosen from that Precinct Caucus, divided by the total number of eligible Caucus attendees, will equal the number of delegate from that group.

Please make sure whomever you choose to work this formula is also good with math.

Fractions are UP at .5 and DOWN at less than .5 for Delegate apportionment.

Once the number of Delegates has been determined, people will be elected, selected or volunteer to be a Delegate for your County Caucus.

Once you have become a Delegate for the County level, you will be given a form in triplicate, that you must fill out. Once you have filled out this form, you will be given one of the slips from this form, to prove that you’re a Delegate for the County Caucus. DO NOT LOSE THIS FORM

Remember to check the State Democratic Party website often, for the date of the County Caucus at NVDEMS.COM

Here is where it gets interesting. My fellow Bernie supporters, you must find people in your Precinct, to get as many voter registration forms, from your County Clerk’s office as possible. Then make sure they are available at the Precinct Caucus, so that everyone who wants to Caucus for Bernie Sanders, will be able to register as a Democrat, and support him. Since so many people, in other political parties want to vote for Bernie Sanders, it would not surprise me one bit, to see the Precincts run out of voter registration forms, to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming our Nominee.

The reason I tell you to go to NVDEMS.COM to check on when the County Caucus will be and where it will be held, is because during my time as a Delegate, I was told that since I’d already signed my triplicate form, that my preference for a Candidate had already been recorded, there was no need for me to show up for the County Caucus, by my very own Democratic Central Committee.

YOU MUST SHOW UP FOR THE COUNTY CAUCUS, in order to show your support for Bernie Sanders as a Delegate.
Thank you for your time. Part 2 will be coming your way a week after the Precinct Caucus. Remember to get as many people together, to get as many voter registration forms as possible, to have them handy for the Precinct Caucus. Please share this video with other Bernie Sanders supporters, so they’ll know what to expect too. Share the Bern!

— Bill Nuttle, Volunteering to elect Bernie Sanders

“In the coming month, we need you to reach out to your friends and your neighbors and your family members. Drag them into the caucus. Let’s win this caucus and let’s go forward in making 2016 a year that people for hundreds of years from now will remember as the year we transformed America.”  — Bernie Sanders