Courtesy photo Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison addresses the crowd at the Lincoln Day Dinner held at the Eureka Opera House.

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Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison addresses the crowd at the Lincoln Day Dinner held at the Eureka Opera House.

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Eureka County’s 2016 Republican Presidential GOP Caucus is just around the corner and will feature a new “Vote and Go” opportunity for local republicans to cast their vote. Eureka County’s Republican Party Chair Michael Mears is hoping this fresh approach will help increase participation in the event.

This year’s format allows any Republican voter to come to the event, register and sign in, cast a ballot and go.

The Democratic Caucus will take place Feb. 20 while the Republican Caucus will be held at the Eureka Opera House on Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

“The Caucus process is usually a low turnout, usually under 50 percent compared to 80 percent in the primary,” said Mears. “This is our opportunity to make our voice heard.”

Votes will be cast until 7 p.m. at which time the results will be tallied by the GOP’s officials and announced by evening’s end. All voter precincts will be available at the Eureka Opera House. Voters must be present to cast their ballot.

Nevada is also being touted as the First in the West by the State’s GOP, celebrating the fact that Nevada’s primary republican election results will be announced just after Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina’s results.

“This is equivalent of a primary election and is our only opportunity to vote for who we want to represent the Republican Party as our presidential nominee,” Mears added. “We are the first state in the West to cast our vote for the GOP nominee.”

Every County in Nevada will be having their Caucus that night. Eureka plans to post the results on the County website that evening.

Eureka’s Caucus was preceded by the annual Lincoln Day Dinner held Jan. 15, 2016 at the Opera House. This Lincoln Day event drew elected officials from throughout the State as well as presidential candidate’s representatives.

“The Lincoln Day Dinner is a fund raiser (for the local GOP) and an opportunity for the public to get exposure to Federal, State, and local elected officials,” said Mears. “We had most of the State offices here.”

Among the representatives at that dinner were U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison.

Eureka’s Lincoln Day Dinner launched a trifecta event that began with a dinner in Eureka on Friday, a Saturday breakfast in White Pine County and concluded with a dinner that Saturday hosted by the Washoe County GOP in Reno.

GOP Chairman Mears also welcomes any volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Caucus and should contact him at home or at work. Co-Chairman Bob Burnham and Secretary/Treasurer Beverly Conley also helped organize both party events, added Mears.