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Nevada Dems threaten to prosecute people who vote in both caucuses

The Nevada State Democratic Party on Friday vowed to prosecute people who “violate the integrity of the caucus process” after a local College Republicans chapter encouraged GOP voters to participate in the contests of both parties.

“After reviewing Nevada law, we believe that registering under false pretenses in order to participate in the Democratic caucuses for purposes of manipulating the presidential nominating process is a felony,” Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange said in a statement.

{mosads}”The Nevada State Democratic Party will work with law enforcement to prosecute anyone who falsely registers as a Democrat to caucus tomorrow and subsequently participates in the Republican caucuses on Tuesday.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also lashed out at the “scheme,” calling the tactics “disgraceful.”

“These Republican plans to interfere with the integrity of Nevada’s Democratic caucuses are shameful and immoral,” Reid said in a statement. “Rather than letting voters decide and allowing our democratic system to work, Republicans are resorting to trickery and gimmicks in an attempt to subvert the will of the people. The Republican Party has long decried voter fraud, but with this latest scheme they are now encouraging it.” 

“The American people deserve a fair voting process, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that these disgraceful Republican tactics do not interfere with the voice of Nevada voters.”

On Thursday, a College Republicans chapter at University of Nevada, Reno, encouraged its members to exploit a loophole that allows voters to switch party allegiance in time to participate in both party’s caucuses.

“Asking individuals to participate in both is not a normal activity but it is also not illegal; nobody will get arrested,” the chapter’s president, Miranda Hoover, said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post. 

“I am hopeful that the loophole will be fixed in 2020 and while I will neither endorse nor demean the act of Republicans taking part in both caucuses, but it is important for this issue to be recognized.”

“We are not advocating for any specific candidate — just pointing out the loophole and the ability to participate,” Hoover added.

The state’s Democratic caucuses takes place on Saturday, while the GOP’s will be held on Tuesday.

This story was updated at 4:16 p.m.

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