Don't miss the opportunity the caucuses offer

Just show up. Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, we Nevadans suddenly have an opportunity to be heard. We can no longer complain that all the good candidates are gone before it's our turn to have a say (unless you're partial to Bill Richardson, Christopher Dodd or Joe Biden).

In fact, the scheduling of the Nevada caucuses couldn't be more ideal. In both parties, there's been no clear-cut leader following the first two contests. If Hillary wins in Nevada, it could allay any fears about her electability and set the stage for a big Super Tuesday. But if it's Obama, Hillary may end up being swallowed by the chorus for change.

On the Republican side, the questions are equally as important. Nevada voters could cement a front runner who will eventually carry the party nomination.

Perhaps the best part of the caucus system is that, unlike Election Day, it gets voters together in a forum where they can talk and debate the merits of the candidates and the issues. You might have some fun on Saturday while carrying out your civic duty.

The process is new to Nevadans, but don't let it intimidate you. The main thing is to simply show up at your caucus location. For Republicans, you need to already be a registered party member and be there at 9 a.m. For Democrats, you can register at the door and it's 11 a.m. To find your caucus locations, watch for a special section in Thursday's edition of the Appeal, or visit the following Web sites, where you can type in your address to find the location: Republicans -; Democrats -

At the caucuses, you can choose to speak on behalf of your chosen candidate, or listen to others before casting your vote. The details, which differ between parties, will be explained at the caucuses.

For now, there's only one thing to remember: Just show up.

• This editorial represents the view of the Nevada Appeal Editorial Board.


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