Lincoln County’s presidential political caucuses,“the first in the west,” will be held Feb. 20 for the Democrats and Feb. 23 for the Republicans.

Local Democrat chair Bill Hartman said there will be three places for Democrats to gather beginning at 11 a.m. that day. The voting process starts at noon. For the area of Pioche, at the Town Hall on Main Street, for Caliente-Panaca, at the Olsen Senior Center, 240 Front Street, and for Alamo-Rachel, at the meeting room at the Ambulance Barn, 655 Box Canyon Street.

Hartman said with Alamo-Rachel having the smallest number he thought they would have the first results to report in the state.

Delegates chosen at the local caucuses go to the county caucus in April, likely at the Hartman home in Caliente. Delegates chosen there attend the state convention in Las Vegas, and there delegates are elected to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-26.

Hartman noted that Nevada’s state caucus is vitally important, “because here we have has a broader based group of people that represent a more accurate example of how the whole country is going to go. It’s going to be expressively fierce out here, and we’re looking forward to that.”

The Republican caucus in Lincoln County will be Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. All precincts will caucus at the same location, Caliente Fire Station, 970 Front St.

The Republican National Convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, July 18-21.