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Many Reno Voters Would Prefer Conventional Primary Election

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
 

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Nevada Democrats hold their presidential caucus on Saturday. Republicans will caucus next Tuesday. But many Reno voters would prefer a conventional primary election.

Spencer Hanneke, a 29-year-old freelance production assistant, was paying a bit of attention to the presidential race, and was planning to attend a caucus.

But he says, "A job popped up so I have to work on Saturday. I know it starts at 11. Hopefully I can make it but I probably won't be able to now.”

Kristin Rosenqvist, who's retired, will definitely show up, reluctantly.

"If I had my way, we would only have primaries,” says Rosenqvist. “And all of the delegates would be assigned according to popular vote. There would be no superdelegates.”

The voter who seemed most interested in the caucuses knew little about them. Juliana Bledsoe, a 25-year-old personal chef, said it would be nice to cast a ballot quickly and be done.

But, "It sounds like the system that Nevada has is a little bit more fun and interactive,” says Bledsoe. “So having never done it before, this will be my first caucus, it'll be interesting to see how it goes."

Saturday's turnout is expected to be well below the 117,000 Democrats who caucused in 2008.