Orthodox Jews Get Special Nevada Caucus, Ron Paul Supporters Crash
A special caucus in Las Vegas designed to accomodate Orthodox Jews whose religion prevented them from voting before sundown was crashed by supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, according to The New York Times.
In order to participate, caucus-goers "had to sign a legal declaration under penalty of perjury that they could not attend their daytime caucus because of 'my religious beliefs'," according to the Times.
But some media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, have reported that many Paul supporters signed the document, even though they weren't actually prevented from voting earlier due to their religion.
Though Mitt Romney was declared the overall winner in Nevada, Paul received the vast majority of votes in the special late-night caucus.
Ron Paul supporter Mike Dicicco told The New York Times that he was asked whether or not he was Jewish by a poll worker.
"Why wouldn't I be able to vote just because I'm not Jewish?" Dicicco told the Times.
According to the Associated Press, some Paul supporters incorrectly told other potential voters they could show up for the special caucus for any reason.
Cindy Koogler, another Ron Paul supporter, told the Associated Press she signed the religious declaration, though her actual reason for attending the late night caucus was that she was unable to vote earlier as she was taking care of her son.
"When you have a kid and he's in the middle of potty-training, you can't take him with you," Koogler told the AP.
Apparently, some Republican party officials were eager to register voters for the caucus and had little concern for their true religious affiliation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"They could be here with an Irish brogue, we don't care," Assemblyman John Hambrick told the paper. "As long as they sign an affidavit."