Sunday, February 05, 2012

Ron Paul Supporters Object To Religious Limits For Participating In Late Nevada Caucus

As previously reported, the Nevada Republican Party yesterday scheduled an evening caucus to accommodate Orthodox Jews who could not attend Saturday daytime caucuses for religious reasons. The New York Times reports, however, that the party required anyone attending the caucus to sign a declaration under penalties of perjury that he or she had been unable to attend a caucus earlier in the day because of "my religious beliefs."  This would essentially limit participation to observant Jews and Seventh Day Adventists. However many Ron Paul supporters-- encouraged by Paul campaign robo-calls-- who had been unable to participate in earlier caucuses for other reasons tried to attend the evening caucus. Some who refused to sign the declaration were turned away.  The Paul campaign Nevada chairman said that this amounts to illegally creating a religious test to vote, and suggested that a lawsuit could be forthcoming. Apparently a number of Paul supporters signed the declaration even though they had non-religious reasons for attending. At the caucus, Paul receive 183 votes-- nearly 58% of those cast in the caucus. This seems to be an unlikely result if the caucus was attended mainly by Orthodox Jews given Paul's views on Israel.