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Nevada caucuses require drawing high card to break tie

It’s the fitting way to break a tie in Nevada.

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Gambling is a big thing in America, and it even works its way into political tiebreakers. Local elections will often use some kind of drawing of straws or lots, or whatever you want to call it to determine the winner. For the Nevada Caucus, currently underway across the Silver State, drawing the high card from a deck of cards will determine a given caucus winner.

Running for office is a huge gamble for a lot of people. I suppose it makes sense that if everything else is equal, why not use a game of chance to determine the winner? Here is how the Nevada Democratic party breaks down the tiebreaker:

When awarding delegates, a presidential preference group with caucus math results of 0.5 and above is rounded up. Similarly, a preference group with results below 0.5 is rounded down. In some precincts on Caucus Day, a normal rounding of the precinct delegate counts will result in more delegates than the precinct is entitled to award. If there are two or more groups that have the same lowest or highest decimal as a result of the caucus math, a game of chance will decide which group(s) lose or gain the delegate(s).

In these very limited circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a delegate, groups must each draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. The high card determines the winner, and aces are high. Tiebreaker scenarios should always be determined after the completion of caucus math. Tiebreakers are determined by referring to the decimal, not the number of individuals in any given preference group.

  • The Nevada State Democratic Party is providing an unopened deck of cards to all precinct locations.
  • The deck of cards should be shuffled by a Precinct Chair or Site Lead at least seven times before use, and all extra cards (Jokers & Directional Cards) should be removed.
  • In evaluating the high card amongst cards of the same rank, the card suit will control the outcome, from highest to lowest: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs.
  • The results of the tiebreaker as well as which group pulled what particular card, shall be recorded and reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party.

Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA) or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN) or 1-800-522-4700 (NH). NH/NJ/WV/IN/PA only. 21+ (18+ NH). Eligibility Restrictions Apply. See website for details.