Reports of Double Voting, Chaos in Nevada Caucus

One Rubio strategist is alleging widespread fraud
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2016 9:44 PM CST
Reports of Double Voting, Chaos in Nevada Caucus
Ballots for Tuesday's Republican caucus in Nevada include the names of candidates who've already dropped out of the race.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It sounds like early predictions of chaos for Tuesday's Republican caucus in Nevada were right on the money. "Trying to catch all the fraud that's going on here would be like trying to plug all the holes in the Titanic," a Marco Rubio strategist tells CNN. "You fix one and another one bursts." The AP's Sally Ho tweets that at least one caucus location was running out of ballots and turning people away. At another location, volunteers were reportedly handing out ballots "willy-nilly" without checking IDs, allowing one person to vote for Donald Trump twice, Mashable's Emily Cahn tweets. GOP officials claim those reports are overblown, saying they're looking into double voting and that additional ballots were given out quickly, according to the Hill.

Some of the more eye-catching photos of the night show caucus volunteers decked out in Trump gear. The National Review's Elaina Plott, quoting a source within Rubio's campaign, tweets that one ballot counter in a Trump shirt is "bullying" people and hiding ballots. That source called the whole thing a "shit show." Volunteers at caucuses are not allowed to show a preference for a particular candidate. Meanwhile, Trump himself showed up to crash a speech Glenn Beck was giving in support of Ted Cruz, Politico reports. Beck was speaking at a caucus site while MSNBC was broadcasting live when Trump showed up and launched into his own speech. "We are going to have hopefully a historic night," Trump said. "I appreciate everybody being here. I wanted to be here myself and say a few words." (More Nevada caucus stories.)

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