Skip to comments.Obama campaign cites Nevada vote irregularities
Posted on 01/20/2008 4:51:47 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
WASHINGTON: US Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Sunday said that it had received reports of voting irregularities in Nevada's nominating caucuses, which were won by rival Hillary Clinton.
Spokesmen for Obama's campaign told reporters that a Clinton party handout urged registration lines for the caucuses Saturday to close at 11:30 am, whereas state party rules said anyone in line until 12:00 pm was to be allowed to participate.
"Despite clear rules and timelines laid out by the Nevada Democratic Party that caucus doors should remain open and voter registration should continue until noon, the Clinton campaign encouraged their operatives to close the caucus doors at 11:30 am, a half hour before that deadline," said spokesman Bill Burton.
"This caused confusion and led to people leaving the caucuses before having the chance to participate."
Clinton won the state's nominating contest with 51 percent of the vote, while Obama received 45 percent. The victory increased the former first lady's lead over Obama, after she also won the New Hampshire primary on January 8.
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.
"We are going to notify the Nevada Democratic party that we want a full review of this, and make sure we have in front of us a full picture to make sure this behavior is highlighted and discouraged in the future."
Asked by reporters why an early close would have particularly affected Obama supporters, Bauer said "a campaign that departs from the rules and disenfranchises voters has to be held accountable for that."
He added: "We care about all the voters who would have been affected by this rule."
According to the Nevada Democratic Party rules: "Caucus registration will remain open until viability is determined by 12:00 pm."
Burton sent reporters an email containing what he described as the contents of the Clinton campaign precinct captain handbook, which said 11:30 am was the "deadline for registering (or standing in line to register) to participate in the caucus."
It also said 11:30 am was the time when the "caucus chair closes doors and announces attendance."
Contacted for comment, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said the New York senator's campaign planned to hold its own press conference at 6:15 pm.
wonder if this has anything to do with the timing of shift changes at the casinos
I want to see the circus in SC when they really show who has the balls to get out the black vote!
That may be a real smackdown for someone, and I don’t know which way this will go. :)
I quote Hector Babenco, “I’m a shockaded.”
This was certainty since Bubba complained about vote suppression, under the maxim, “Whatever the Clintons accuse others of doing they are doing themselves.”
Don’t they know that ANYTIME the Clintons are involved there is a 15% fraud factor.
Barack Hussein Obama, as a Democrat, should expect fraud, in any form, of any kind, at any time, in anyway.
Their only problem is - it normally only happens from the Democrats not to them!!!!
Leave it to the Clintons...
She’s viscious. I find her a lot scarier in the general than Obama because even though a lot of people hate her, she really knows how to game the system, and will stop at absolutely nothing to win.
How about a letter from the UN, that would teach them. /unbelievable
Of course there were "irregularities."
It's called ILLEGAL VOTERS!
More voter fraud has taken place in the last 2 decades than at any time in history! Ever since ACORN and Soros jumped into bed with the RAT party, illeglas, dead people, dogs and cats have all learned how to vote!
That is like getting ripped off by a street thug, and then complaining to the local crime gang for justice.
Why wouldn't that be logical? In certain societies, the local crime gang may be the most likely (and most certain) means of ensuring the justice you seek. Or does it bother you that such may be true in the US as well?
Dear Mr. Obama.......GIVE UP!! You don’t have a chance in hell beating the White Boys and girls.....the Clintoids will DESTROY you.
Interesting he’s attacking Bill Clinton to start the week.....
I think both Bil and Hil have sold their souls to the devil. They’ll do anything they can to be president and I pray God stops them before that happens. People are very deceived about them. They just refuse to see the truth when it’s spelled out in front of them.
Don’t forget all the prisoners and those who vote early and often (LOL).
Hey, there’s no crime on the streets where the Italian mafioso live...
Now, wait a minute - all race pimps will tell you that the street thugs in question cannot be racist because “they lack the power to impose their racism on others”.
Now you’re telling me that they have the power to impose their will... gosh... who would have a reason to lie about this?
I am so tired of everytime a democrat loses an election or a caucus, they claim voting irregularities. Its getting so old.
Kinda like the colts wide receivers claiming pas interference when they miss a pass.
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