Hillary Clinton pulled out a decisive win in the Nevada Democratic Caucus Saturday, edging out Bernie Sanders in a race that turned out to be much closer than many anticipated. Caucus goers went to their local voting precincts to cast their ballots and attempt to persuade other voters towards their chosen candidate.
"I came to caucus because I think its important to come and represent your values, and that's what voting is," caucus voter Laura Shane said.
Same day voter registration may prove to be the deciding factor for the 2016 Nevada Democratic Caucus. Anyone that provided proof of state residency was allowed to caucus and register as a democrat, regardless of prior party affiliation. Precinct chair Shirley Susich says that same day voter registration always helps increase voter turn out.
"We had quite a few people that came in, a number of them, as new registrations. That was available to people to come in and register as new voters today" Susich said.
However, Clinton Campaign volunteer Marta Elliot fears this loose policy could skew the election.
"There were hundreds of people registering or changing their party affiliation. Some people, we were warned, would maybe change over to a Democratic Affiliation, caucus today, and then go to the Republican Caucus on Tuesday, where the party would not know yet that they changed their affiliation and caucused twice," Elliot said.
The Nevada Democratic Party warned that participating in both caucuses would be voter fraud, but did not comment on enforcing this policy.
In the meantime, Sanders and Clinton move their campaigning efforts elsewhere in preparation for the 12 state primaries scheduled for next week.