A January Primary with Same Day Registration in Nevada?
posted at 8:25 pm on October 20, 2011 by Anita MonCrief
This week all eyes turned to Nevada as the GOP presidential candidates geared up for yet another debate. As Americans watched Mitt Romney and Rick Perry duke it out on stage, the true battle was going on behind the scenes.
On October 22nd the Republican party of Nevada will decide on the contentious issue of same day registration for the caucus.
“Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian, who told me weeks ago she wanted to try to get same-day presidential caucus registration to fuel voter registration, has decided to put an agenda item on the Oct. 22 state central committee meeting.”
The response to this initiative was swift as local activists chimed in on the plan:
“The issue came to a head over the weekend. Jeri Taylor-Swade and Laurel Fee, the leaders of TRUNC — Tea Party & Republicans Uniting Nevada Conservatives — blasted Tarkanian and the party.”
‘This is a wide open door to massive voting fraud and disruption of the Republican process by Democrat-controlled Acorn type organizations and elitist, calculating Republicans wishing to control the election outcome in our important swing state,’ TRUNC said in a news release.
After the press release from the leader of TRUNC appeared, the Nevada GOP went into full damage control mode and even released the following statement on their website:
Denials were followed by personal attacks on the opponents of SDR. A review of emails provided by insiders paint a picture of a disorganized state party who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Private emails admit that SDR is on the table and why the Nevada GOP wants it, however, the public backlash on the activists seeks to undermine their credibility and silence their efforts. See quote of the story in Las Vegas Sun below:
“The TRUNC missive, which I have posted below, is striking in its melange of rumor-mongering and conspiracy-theorizing — a classic example of why no one in his or her right mind would want to chair a political party. These folks seem to think it’s a bad idea to have prominent GOP elected officials involved in party business and deride Tarkanian’s attempts to professionalize the party. It is quite the read, as you will see.”
“Below that missive, I have posted Clark County Chairman David Gibbs attempt to bring sanity to the discussion, which, in this venue, may be a fool’s errand. The Republicans also are hobbled by so many GOP legislators arguing last session against same-day registration for elections, raising some of the same issues the TRUNC folks do. Yes, a caucus is different than an election. But the argument for doing so — an opportunity to mimic the Democrats’ success in voter registration of 2008 — would seem to outweigh the paranoia.”
Keep in mind that same day registration is not the only change that the Nevada GOP wants to implement ahead of the 2012 elections.
“Nevada’s GOP moved up the date of its caucus to Jan. 14, which threatens New Hampshire’s long-held first primary status and may push its nominating contest into December. The state’s election law states that it not only goes first but also seven days before any similar contest.”
The fight over the primary rages on and this is where things get complicated. Why is all of this important? Why should I care? All of those questions may have alreadly come to mind. Everyone should be familiar with the old adage about those who don’t understand history.
ACORN, Obama’s Project Vote, The ACLU and a host of the usual liberal suspects have been pushing for SDR in key states across the country. Project Vote and ACORN have partnered with Demo’s and organizations like it to weaken our electoral system with such laws.
Just last week a scathing report from a same day registration state was released and it shows that Minnesota leads the nation in voter fraud, mostly because of SDR.
“Minnesota Majority today released a report on voter fraud convictions stemming from Minnesota’s 2008 general election. The report finds that 113 individuals who voted illegally in the 2008 election have been convicted of the crime, “ineligible voter knowingly votes” under Minnesota Statute 201.014.
‘As far as we can tell, this is the largest number of voter fraud convictions arising from a single election in the past 75 years,’ said Minnesota Majority president Jeff Davis, ‘Prosecutions are still underway and so there will likely be even more convictions.’
“…’The problem rests largely on our current Election Day registration system,’ said Davis. ‘Most of the fraudulent votes cast in 2008 could have been prevented by using the normal registration and verification processes. But since the Election Day registration process does not include eligibility verifications, it simply leaves the door open to these kinds of abuses.'”
Who benefits from an early primary and same day registration in Nevada? Let’s see. Corey Drumright is the caucus director for the Nevada GOP. His LinkedIn profile reveals other interesting connections:
Let’s assume for a second that it means nothing that Drumright worked for Romney in 2008. Here is a screenshot of the announcement of the October 22nd meeting and of new staff being added to the Nevada GOP.
Here are screen shots for both of the highlighted names, Alan Philp and Gentry Collins.
So far, that’s three former Romney staffers united in Nevada. Interesting.Even more interesting is the fact that David Gallagher, the Executive Director of the Nevada GOP is also a former Romney sftaffer.
In case you have lost count, that brings our total to four former Romney insiders pushing for same day registration in a state that has already caused controversy for moving it’s primary to January. Romney’s former staffers have also been linked to chicanery in the Florida primaries.
“When Florida defied Republican National Committee rules to move the state’s 2012 presidential primary from an RNC-approved March date to Jan. 31, conservatives immediately suspected that state party insiders had orchestrated the move to help former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thwart the momentum of Tea Party-backed candidate Herman Cain.”
…”Yet while the moderate Republican faction in Tallahassee was immediately blamed for the primary date-switch, only insiders knew that a key factor was a push from inside the staff of the Tea Party’s own 2010 hero, Sen. Marco Rubio. GOP sources in Washington and Florida say that Rubio’s senatorial chief of staff, Cesar Conda, has been a major force in persuading Florida Republicans to move their primary to January.”
‘Cesar used to be with Romney’s campaign,’ one informed source explained to me in an interview today, adding: ‘Conda used his contacts to push the primary to the 31st because they want Romney in.'”
Robert Stacy McCain points out in his article above the benefits of an early primary for Romney as does US News and World Report.
“A compressed primary calendar benefits former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in several ways. It gives less time for challengers to blunt his momentum. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, would only have three months to get his campaign off the ground.”
At this point there should be a flag on the field. Florida and Nevada? The RNC primary season is shaping up to be a repeat of the chaos from 2008 but when the rules are changed for a particular campaign, red flags have to be raised.
Across the country, the GOP is waging a war against voter fraud and have been very successful at getting legislation passed. Are the ex-Romney staffers in Nevada so shortsighted that they can’t see the implications of introducing same day registration into the primaries? Is the Nevada GOP willing to sink its state further into the voter fraud quagmire? Reports of rampant fraud in Nevada sprung forth in 2008 and 2010. Nevada is the only state to ever try ACORN as an organization for voter registration fraud and should be quite aware of the perils of SDR.
Las Vegas is a gambling town and it seems like that mentality has invaded the rest of the state. Is Nevada willing to gamble away the general election to control the outcome of the primary?