It doesn’t need to be said, but mainstream media will not be reporting this. The Nevada state Democratic Convention on Saturday was pure, unadulterated chaos. From the very beginning to the very end, delegates who supported Bernie Sanders say it was essentially a one-woman show controlled by state chairwoman Roberta Lange.
Those media outlets that have seen fit to publish stories about the contentious convention are only telling one side of the story. And that story goes something like this: Delegates who showed up at the convention were not registered as Democrats by the May 1 deadline.
Raw Story ran what amounts to a generic story with few details about why those delegates were denied entry by the credentials committee.
Reports have emerged that several people who were county convention delegates were either not on the rolls as being a delegate, were unregistered for unknown reasons, or had their party affiliation changed between the county conventions and the state convention on Saturday. One delegate uploaded her Clark County credentials, with a letter and her name badge as proof that she’d been a delegate.
She then wrote that despite having participated in the county convention, Nevada convention officials denied her access. Roseann Pascoe Blackburn gave a brief description of what happened to her.
“Nevada Democrats have no record of me being a county delegate, which in turn excludes me from the state level despite me having proof.”
After a few comments she explained that she was not the only person at the Nevada convention this had happened to.
Nevada isn’t the only state this has happened, though. New York purged more than 100,000 voters from its rolls, most for no reason. And in Iowa, delegates reported having had their registrations switched, as well. On Democratic Underground, a forum for political discussion, user CoffeeCat, an Iowa delegate recounted her experience in a thread posted on Sunday.
“I’m a Bernie delegate from Iowa. I participated in our County Convention and I was gearing up to participate as a Bernie delegate in our District convention, which was held two weeks ago. Three days before the District Convention, I get a phone call from a Bernie Sanders staff member.
They were wondering why I was registered as a Republican in the state of Iowa.”
CoffeeCat then stated that she had never been registered as a Republican in her life. She had voted for Democrats since the early 1980s, and she speculated that her registration must have been changed sometime between Feb. 1 and May 1. Someone, somewhere in the state of Iowa, changed her voter registration, and according to CoffeeCat, she was not the only person this happened to.
Fortunately for her, she was able to get her registration changed in time, but she still encountered an issue when getting credentialed.
“I showed up at the District Convention in May, and sure enough, my name had a big line through it. The Hillary person at check-in table questioned my Republican status. I had the appropriate paperwork to document that I had switched to Democrat so I was let in.”
In the Facebook group Document Election Fraud: 2016, Drusilla Loudon described her experience as a delegate at the Nevada Convention.
“A friend of mine, who’s been very active in the Nevada Democratic party for years, had his affiliation suddenly switched to Republican. Once that was straightened out, he was told that they gave his credentials to someone with the same name. Then they told him that person’s contact information. So he spent several hours on Friday night and the first three or four hours of the convention trying to fix their mess.”
Loudon also corrected the record, so to speak, about Nina Turner. It was reported that Hillary supporters spread a rumor that Bernie Sanders delegates were booing Turner, but even Turner denied that.
In Illinois, observers testified to seeing paper ballots being changed to reflect what the machine tallies showed, an indication that the machines were likely tampered with. In Arizona, two-thirds of polling stations were closed, forcing voters to stand in line for hours. Registrations had also been changed from Democrat to Republican or Independent, rendering them disqualified from the state primary.
Even with these examples, Nevada’s Democratic Convention surpasses those with its brazenness. It has become increasingly hard to just chalk all of these instances of voter suppression to mere coincidence. Something behind the scenes seems to be working against Bernie Sanders, and Nevada’s Democratic Party just drew a line in the sand.
Sandra Weick, of Nye County, Nevada told TheInquisitr that she was purged as a candidate for the national delegation. Although able to participate in the convention itself, she said party officials “lost” her information as a candidate for national delegate and she could not even run as a write-in.
“They ‘lost’ my information … I even received emails that showed I was a candidate and I was on the national delegate list for the DNC. I lost my voice in more ways than one last night thanks to Roberta Lange.”
The delegates who were denied their right to represent Bernie Sanders at the Nevada Convention are just a small part of what appears to be a major effort to suppress the vote. Even if this is just a massive case of incompetence, it proves that the Democratic party at every level is either incapable or unwilling to operate in a democratic, representative manner.
*A follow-up story about more first-hand accounts of what happened at the Nevada Convention is coming soon.
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