Earlier this year, shortly after Nevada Caucus day, I sent a letter to the Democratic Party expressing my concern about the Caucus process. Basically, the Republicans conducted their Caucus first thing in the morning and didn't allow any party affiliation changes. The Democrats, however, conducted theirs subsequent to the Republican Caucus and allowed people to register and/or change their party affiliation at the Caucus.
I expressed concern at the time that the process, as it unfolded, could allow Republicans to participate in their Caucus to vote for their strongest candidate, and then allow them to change affiliation and participate in the Democratic Caucus, voting for who they perceived to be the weakest Democratic candidate. To my dismay, I didn't even get a response back from the Nevada Democratic Headquarters folks.
Well ... on Tuesday (8/12/08) I worked as a poll worker at the Nevada Primary election, and my concerns were confirmed by the lady who sat next to me at the polls. She is a Republican who participated in the Republican Caucus. Shortly after we dealt with a disgruntled voter who complained vehemently of not being able to participate in the Caucus, she turned to me and said wasn't sure the Caucuses were conducted fairly. She went on to say she was quite surprised when Republican Caucus workers told everybody that because their Caucus was concluding before the Democratic Caucus were to start, if folks wanted, they could also participate in the Democratic Caucus. She said they encouraged Republicans who were present to head on over to the Democratic Caucus, temporarily register as a Democrat and vote in the Democratic Caucus. Once it was over, she said they said, "you can just re-register as a Republican before the August Primary."
She just didn't think that was right ... and frankly, neither do I!