Caucusing in 2016 is not that simple for all UNR students

Caucusing in 2016 is not that simple for all UNR students

Produced by: Justin Duino, Kelsey Ravenscraft, and Jordan Dynes

As the Nevada caucus quickly approaches, thousands of Nevada citizens are campaigning harder than ever in hopes of getting their candidate elected.

At the University of Nevada, Reno students can be seen throughout the campus advocating and persuading people to caucus as well. One thing stands out though: there are 6,079 students that attend the university that reside in a state other than Nevada. That means that none of those students can participate in the caucus directly.

Laura Gattis, a sophomore from Monterey, California, said that, “It’s really difficult as a college student to be politically involved because you can be really passionate about a candidate, but because you don’t live in Reno where you go to school, you can’t caucus.”

Although Gattis spends most of the year in Reno, Nevada she is unable able to caucus. She plans to attend the Democratic caucus on February 20, but she finds it frustrating that she is not able to voice her opinion.

Even students who reside in Nevada might find it difficult to caucus on Saturday. Residents of Nevada must caucus in the zone that they are registered. This means that students from Las Vegas and other areas in Nevada might find it difficult to return home to attend their respective caucuses.

Jacob Van Laeken, a Las Vegas native and registered Republican, issued the following statement in response to Nevada residents having to caucus in their specific location: “I think that if you live in the state you should be able to caucus no matter where you are.”

In Nevada, there is no absentee vote so some registered voters who have other obligations cannot get their voice heard at the caucus. With Nevada being a swing state, it can potentially make every opinion and belief that much more important. Even though Gattis and Laeken cannot vote at the caucus, they will do everything that they can to remain a part of the political process.

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