There was early whispers of a surprise Ron Paul victory in Nevada. Now, as the caucus approaches, it appears there is trouble stirring to ensure this doesn’t happen
The Ron Paul campaign is calling for the Nevada GOP to postpone the caucus, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday Jan 19th, after a series of changes, errors, and inconsistencies in the GOP caucus process made by the GOP itself.
From KOLO8 News Now:
“The inconsistencies, errors and multiple changes in the rules reek of playing politics with the what should be a neutral process,” said Ron Paul 2008 campaign manager Lew Moore.
“The people of Nevada deserve to know exactly what the rules are and to know that those rules are being fairly enforced. This has not happened up to this point, and the caucus appears to be in chaos.”
The problem of multiple rule changes is being compounded by other inconsistencies and errors in the process.
Many Nevada Republicans have received postcards with incorrect information about their caucus location, and the Nevada GOP website had incorrect caucus locations listed as late as Wednesday, January 16.
Additionally, one or more county chairs have expressed concerns over an insufficient number of ballots, and the Ron Paul campaign has heard reports that rural counties are short of ballots, while Clark County precincts were given what is regarded as far too many ballots.
The Ron Paul campaign has learned that the Nevada Republican Party has changed the rules for eligibility requirements for caucusing three times since January 9.
. . .The Nevada Republican Party is changing the rules from week to week, and currently the rules will not even be uniform across the state, as eligibility rules may differ from county to county.
Given the caucus location confusion, with potential caucus participants not knowing where to go, and the new rule effectively allowing anyone to get a ballot, the Ron Paul campaign is concerned that the confusion surrounding the caucus will both disenfranchise voters and make the election particularly susceptible to vote fraud.
What is the Nevada GOP up to? They’re pulling out all the stops in an attempt to thwart a Ron Paul victory. Is this how our country dies? A series of underhanded vote manipulations?