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Voters say they were turned away caucus night

Posted at 12:53 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 10:04:54-05

Caucus night was filled with a lot of craziness from Donald Trump's surprise appearance at one of the caucus sites, to voters saying they were turned away at the door.

"It's just a complete snafu and there's a whole bunch of people that have been locked out," said voter Dennis Bower.

Bower was in line at 8:35 p.m. at Cimarron Memorial High School when he says he was turned away.

"They said it closed at 8:30 even though on their website it says 9 and on our verification form it says 9, so we've been disenfranchised. 

Bower showed 13 Action News his confirmation email that did indeed say 9 p.m. Former Political Director of the Clark County Republican Party says it must have been a mistake printed by an outside organization.

"The agenda posted at the caucus locations said that it would end at 8:30 p.m.," said former political director Nick Phillips.

Phillips says the State Republican Party says Caucuses at to be conducted between 5 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, but that each county within Nevada had the option to make their own rules. Clark County's rule was doors must close at 8:30.

"So people came thinking they were able to vote up until 9:00 but it seems there was just some confusion," said Phillips. "Some other organizations may have been sending out some emails and maybe they didn't fully understand.

"It's very frustrating," said Bower. "We don't usually go to a caucus. This was an important election."