Nevada Democrats Defend Excluding Bernie Conventioneers Who Failed to Register Democrat by Deadline Which Was All of Two Weeks Ago. Procrastination seems a poor excuse for protest.

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    May 15, 2016 6:27 PM GMT
    Nevada’s Democratic State Committee defended excluding 58 Bernie Sanders’ delegates at their convention Saturday night, saying they failed to register properly as Democrats before the final caucus.

    At the contentious convention, held in the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, scuffles broke out as Sanders’ supporters claimed that the state party subverted the will of the voters by awarding more pledged delegates to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    According to the Las Vegas Sun, Clinton took 20 of the 35 pledged delegates Nevada will send to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.

    Sanders supporters — who outnumbered fans of Clinton — shouted down speakers...

    In a tweet posted by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, the Nevada State Democratic Party defended excluding 58 Sanders delegates.

    According to the party:

    There were 64 Sanders Delegates and Alternates whose validity was challenged because of the following issues:

    They were not registered Democratic voters in Nevada By May 1, 2016

    Their information — such as address, date of n=birth and name — could not be found and they did not respond to requests from the party and campaigns to correct it.

    They continued, “Of these 64 Delegates and Alternates, six were allowed to be seated after their appropriate information was provided and 58 were denied because of the reasons outlined above.”

    The party also called any “insinuation of unfairness … totally inaccurate,” saying they were abiding by rules unanimously set forth by the Credentials Committee

    So even as of 14 days ago, these "delegates" who were excluded were not even registered Democrats.

    How is that a problem with the Democratic Party? Between this and missing that AIDS meeting it seems the Sanders campaign is shredding. And I don't say that with any sort of mean spirit. I voted for the guy.

    This case seems a non issue. If they weren't registered Democrat as of even two weeks ago, sorry, no, they haven't a leg to stand on.

    I still like Bernie but some of his supporters are clowns.

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    May 16, 2016 5:52 PM GMT
    Here’s what happened at Saturday’s dramatic Nevada Democratic convention

    ...Fifty-six Sanders delegates — enough to swing the majority — were denied delegate status, mostly because they weren't registered as Democrats by the May 1 deadline, according to the state party. (The Sun reports that eight potential Clinton delegates suffered a similar fate.)...

    Convention leaders declined to reconsider those 56 delegates, and, spurred by the casino — because the event was already well past its scheduled ending time — adjourned for the day. Sanders supporters refused to concede, remaining in the casino's ballroom after the event had ended. Eventually, casino security and law enforcement officials entered to force the Democrats out of the space, even turning off the lights to get them to depart.

    ...Had Sanders's supporters been successful on Saturday, that margin would have been 278 — a number that still demands that the senator win two-thirds of the remaining pledged delegates to take the lead...