Donald Trump has won the Nevada caucuses, but not without a lot of headaches for voters and overwhelmed caucus chairs. Massive crowds, volunteer captains who failed to show up, and alleged double-voting lent a circus-like atmosphere to some of the caucus locations Tuesday night and will potentially undermine Nevada’s results. Richard Schlueter, who balloted for Trump on Tuesday, said that when he arrived at Palo Verde High School in east Las Vegas to vote the crowd was still so dense he had trouble finding the table that had been set up to accept and count ballots. Once he finally located it, Schlueter discovered that the precinct captain who was supposed to be in charge hadn’t turned up and that “some lady” had assumed the seat instead and began checking the IDs of voters who crowded around the table. “This caucus is a chaotic thing,” said Schlueter, a retired nuclear submarine engineer. “We don’t know who’s who, who’s voting for what. Some precinct captains are very good and very serious about their precincts, but mine didn’t even bother to show.”
Schlueter’s precinct table wasn’t the only one missing an organizing captain. Gary Bickford had to assume the position for 6521 after the original captain failed to arrive. Bickford, a former state legislator in Maine who considers himself a “moderate Republican,” said that the caucusing was “not the easiest process.”
“It would be so much better if you had the system they have in the general elections,” he said. Another voter who turned up at the table agreed, saying he found it confusing as to why he had to show his ID to enter the caucusing hall but not when he actually voted.