LAS VEGAS — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez warned earlier this week that results from Nevada’s caucus on Saturday might not be released the same day — an apparent attempt to lower expectations after the meltdown in Iowa.
But the Nevada Democratic Party had a different message as the caucus approached: “We plan to have results out on caucus day,” communications director Molly Forgey said.
Exactly when the outcome of the caucus will be known is just one source of apprehension heading into the election.
Concerns linger as some volunteers say they haven’t received hands-on training with the iPads the party purchased to help tabulate results. Other volunteers are worried about executing the caucus’ new voting alignment system, which includes the extra complication of adding early-vote totals to day-of results — a step that even Iowa, with all its problems, didn’t have to deal with.
Multiple presidential campaigns are anxious that the state party won’t finish tabulating the enormous number of early votes by Saturday — and they want more transparency on how those votes will be divvied up to individual precincts.
Finally, there are signs the state party is worried about unflattering internal details about the caucus being divulged. On Thursday night, the Nevada Democratic Party sent an email to volunteer precinct chairs in rural areas asking them to sign a non-disclosure agreement and simultaneously offering a stipend.