Washington (CNN) Nevada’s Democratic Party leadership is hoping a strong early turnout for its caucuses signals a successful showing this weekend.
More than , 07 Democrats turn out for first day of early voting in Nevada Democratic caucusgoers participated in the first day of early voting in Nevada Saturday, the state party announced, a significant turnout that Democrats celebrated even as some voters voiced concerns over long wait times.
Approximately 221, people participated in Nevada’s Democratic caucuses.
Speaking on Sunday to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, Nevada state Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy did not address the wait times, but stated he was pleased by the enthusiasm and expects it to continue until early voting ends.
“I am really excited that Nevada Democrats really showed up on the first day, our historic first day of early vote. We’re anticipating folks to continue to engage in this process from now until the th, when early vote ends and we’re looking forward to, you know, a significant turnout on caucus day as well, “McCurdy said.
He added that the party has been working” around the clock “to make s ure the caucuses there don’t run into some of the same problems that happened in Iowa .
The Nevada State Democratic Party tweeted that more than 19, 780 state Democrats participated in early voting Saturday. But wait times of more than three hours and a lack of volunteers at at least one precinct had some voters worried about the state’s caucuses on February 22.
“Hopefully they go someplace else to vote,” she said. “It’s just too important.”
The party, she contended, needs to realize “that this is huge and if they don’t do something that we could have another four years of Trump which ought to be frightening. “
CNN previously reported that caucus workers and presidential campaigns are worried about the lack of detail the state party is providing about how the results reporting process will work.
The party will use a “caucus calculator,” as outlined in a memo released Thursday. Described as “user friendly,” the calculator will be used to add early voting data into each precinct and calculate totals on caucus day, February 24, along with paper work sheets.
Speaking to reporters later Sunday, McCurdy said volunteers are “training on our caucus calculator right now.”
“[T] hey’re going to continue to be you know trained on the caucus calculator all the way up until, from now, all the way up until caucus day, “he said. “So we will be ready.”
On Saturday, there were (early caucus sites open statewide and on Sunday there were
. By Monday, it will be down to , according to the state party.
Following early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada Remains a valuable Democratic prize with powerful labor groups and a political machine built by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
This story has been updated to reflect the Nevada Democratic Party’s adjusted voter totals.