"Since a presidential caucus is different from a traditional primary, the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) is organizing mock caucuses (aka mockuses) around the state to educate citizens about the caucus process.
Students participating in a mockus will experience a precinct caucus, from beginning to end. This includes seeing how much influence each participant can have and how truly grassroots the democratic process is.
Here's how the mockus model works:
- Explanation by NSDP staff about the importance of the caucus in Nevada
- Students split into preference groups to show support for the candidate (or in this case, pizza topping) of their choice
- Viability of preference groups is determined
- Unviable groups (those who do not have enough supporters) must realign
- Viable group members lobby unviable group members to support their candidate
- Caucus math begins and delegates are apportioned
- Results are reported
- Delegates are elected to county convention (with the potential to continue to the state convention and then the national convention
To schedule a mockus in Northern Nevada, contact Brian Hutchinson, the Northern Nevada Field Director of the Nevada State Democratic Party, via email or phone (775-829-1699)
Note that the Southern Nevada model will be different than that mentioned above. The Southern Nevada model will appear in the form of high school assemblies. Contact your school principal to see if your school is participating.