Here are several very troubling items on Nevada, compiled by Sara Haile-Mariam.
First is David Plouffe's statement (which Steve Rosenfeld included in his article for AlterNet), and then a whole range of particular examples.
If you want a bitter laugh, read the following, and then read, or reread, the coverage of Nevada in Sunday's New York Times. Typically, the Times account comes straight from Wonderland, where the Nevada caucus was high-spirited and lots of good old- fashioned fun--and absolutely clean, albeit marked by certain "political high-jinks" that the two reporters don't identify, other than to intimate, as usual, that there were "high-jinks" on both sides. If there were such "high-jinks" on Obama's side, I would really like to hear about them.
Statement from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe...
"We currently have reports of over 200 separate incidents of trouble at caucus sites, including doors being closed up to thirty minutes early, registration forms running out so people were turned away, and ID being requested and checked in a non-uniform fashion. This is in addition to the Clinton campaign's efforts to confuse voters and call into question the at-large caucus sites which clearly had an affect on turnout at these locations. These kinds of Clinton campaign tactics were part of an entire week's worth of false, divisive, attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself.
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"We will investigate all of these thoroughly and would encourage anyone who had concern about actions at the caucus sites to call (866) 675-2008."
Bill Clinton entered caucus locations
Obama supporters were outraged by Clinton's presence in the caucus room. "This is a dirty trick," Mirage resort cook Maria Cortez told The HuffPost in Spanish. "He's the one who is trying to intimidate us," she said angrily. "No other candidates are in here? What's he doing here ? Just trying to pressure us."
Another Culinary Union member, Amelia Morland, also speaking in Spanish, said: "Everything's changed about Clinton. He's not the man he used to be."
Clinton was accompanied into the caucus room by long-time supporter and fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. "We were told that any of us could come to talk to voters," he told The Huffington Post. "We're encouraging people to vote. There is no intimidation," he said though there was no reference to intimidation in the reporter's question.
NEVADA DEMOCRATIC PARTY RULES
THIS PROCESS MAY NOT BEGIN UNTIL NOON
In order to participate in the Nevada State Democratic Party Caucuses, attendees MUST be in line, or signed in, by noon. At noon, Presidential Preference Cards should be given to any person in line, and after that point, no Presidential Preference Cards should be given to any new arrivals, as they will not be allowed to caucus.
THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN TOLD OPERATIVES TO CLOSE DOORS EARLY
From the Clinton campaign precinct captain handbook:
11:30 am Deadline for registering (or standing in line to register) to participate in the Caucus.
Inside the Room
11:30 am Caucus Chair closes doors and announces attendance
Despite the Lawsuit, Clinton campaign failed to read the caucus rules
Even at the 11th hour - and after this morning's ruling that the at-large Strip caucus sites are OK - there's still some confusion, at least within the Clinton
camp, about who can participate in those caucuses.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign told the Sun this evening that only employees who work for companies with more than 4,000 workers can caucus at the nine at-large sites on the Strip.
That's not true.
The issue came up after the Sun asked if any unions supporting Clinton would have members caucusing at those locations.
"If a construction company doesn't have more than 4,000 people, they are out of luck," said Hilarie Grey, Clinton's Nevada spokeswoman. Clinton is endorsed by eight labor unions, some of whose members work for contractors on the Strip.
Over 300 Complaints have been filed
Obama won the Democrats' first nominating caucuses in Iowa at the beginning of the month. His campaign called for a full review of the Nevada vote but insisted it was not calling into question the results.
"We found an unusually high number of reports that the Clinton campaign was insisting that 11:30 was the deadline," said general counsel Bob Bauer, adding that at least 300 complaints had come in.
"We are not calling the results into question at all. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again," Bauer said.
Widespread cheating and voter disenfranchisement in NV
After being a part of this campaign, doing this work, and seeing this level of viciousness from a supposedly Democratic candidate, it will be a cold day in hell before I do any work for anyone in any way associated with Hillary Clinton. At this point, even my general election vote is in question. I am furious almost to the point of nausea. There are so many young, idealistic activists here who are absolutely crushed--not because we lost here, but because of the way we "lost."
The next controversial issue involved the voter cards disappearing into the Hillary camp, so that the Edwards and Obama people were left with no cards. When we asked them to give us back some cards, we then noticed that they had all been pre-marked for Hillary.
First hand Nevada report Clark County Precinct 5354
When I got there, things had aleady been counted in 5029 (with some confusion about the eventual Obama 7-Clinton 4 delegate count owing to difficult caucus math), but the real ruckuss was in 5333: there was a great deal of consternation among the Obama supporters (including runnerAAA, the Obama precinct captain in 5029), because a lot of the Hillary caucus-goers from 5029 were attempting to be counted again in 5333!
For more on that, see RunnerAAA's diary
about precinct 5333.
Nevada report of precinct 5333 in Clark County
A few moments before the 11:30 chaos, a fellow Obama volunteer came running into my room. He had been assigned to the front to direct people where to find their precinct. Voters were confused when they were headed to my room and then told by Hillary campaigners that it was a "Hillary Only" registration room. They were then directed to the gym, which was, of course, the wrong precinct. Who knows how many supporters we lost to frustration with the seeming disorganization of the process. I was horrified by this information and made sure to stay outside and essentially protect the outside portion of the line so that nobody sent them elsewhere.
, one of the discussion threads includes anecdotes experienced first hand by Obama supporters. Including some supporters who received letters in their mailboxes directing them to attend a different caucus location, which ultimately didn't exist. Other supporters sited having found registration sheets in the bathroom of the girls room in a caucus location.
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