Nevada GOP caucus somehow more of a disaster than its Democratic counterpart


What’s the German word for the feeling of satisfaction one gets when an accuser is guilty of a crime they are accusing someone else of committing?

Because I’ve got that feeling right now. In spades.

As much of a disorganized disaster the Nevada Democratic Caucuses were on Saturday, they couldn’t hold a finger to their Republican counterpart last night.

Almost everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. Many voters were not properly checked in, and were not asked for government-issued ID as the state party’s website said they would be. This led to accusations of double voting — mostly on the part of Trump supporters. Some voters who did try to check in according to procedure were turned away:

Reports of double voting and other glaring voting irregularities went unconfirmed. What was confirmed, however, was that turnout was so unexpectedly high that some precincts ran out of ballots — ballots that were apparently printed at least a month ago, before many now-former candidates dropped out:

Other attendees reported that many of the volunteers administering the election were wearing Trump gear and “actively bullying” people at the polls. Many of these Trump volunteers were also serving as vote counters, which, while acceptable according to the Nevada GOP, nevertheless left many with concerns:

Oh, and then there was this:

Republican Party, via Wikimedia Commons

Republican Party, via Wikimedia Commons

Suffice it to say that while none of this was enough to alter the outcome of the caucus results — Donald Trump nearly lapped the field, garnering 46% of the vote to Marco Rubio’s 24% and Ted Cruz’s 21% — it was amusingly ironic to see the self-described party of election integrity run a complete garbage fire of a nominating contest, bungling the most basic elements of election administration. The same Republicans who are one presidential loss away from calling for TSA-style screening for prospective voters turned out to not actually be that concerned about voter fraud when brown people weren’t involved.

Just take it from the Nevada GOP, which assured the country that everything actually went quite smoothly:

Whatever helps you cope with disaster, I guess.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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3 Responses to “Nevada GOP caucus somehow more of a disaster than its Democratic counterpart”

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  2. PDQ says:

    Given that both the Democrats and the Republicans had issues in Nevada, how much of this can be attributed to general corruption in the state?

  3. The_Fixer says:

    This certainly can’t surprise anyone.

    The Republicans can’t get even the most basic part of governance right; and yet they want the whole enchilada. And then there’s the faux concern over election integrity – which is forgotten when, as you say, there are no brown people involved.

    So far, it appears as though Trumpo the Clown® has the momentum toward getting the nomination. If this comes to pass, I fervently hope that he is soundly defeated. We don’t need to turn the country over to a collection of bullying dumb-asses who don’t seem to be able to get the basic functions of government down.

    It’s also completely embarrassing that this country has slid into such a political state. The rest of the world is watching, and collectively shaking their heads.

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