TO THE EDITOR:
In regards to an AP article published 5/18/16, “Sanders Defiant Over Ruckus,” I would like to give an eyewitness rebuttal to the charges made. The rules for the three-step process for the Nevada Democratic caucuses were illegally changed by the party after the first two steps had already been taken. Also, the rules for the convention itself were non-parliamentary, non-democratic, and dictatorial in nature. One stipulation in these rules was that all votes were to be by voice, with the chair ruling on the outcome with no recourse. At the first voice vote at approximately 9:45am, it was not clearly apparent that the ayes prevailed. However, the chair ruled that they had, without the proper parliamentary procedure of a standing division of the house – an actual count of the votes would not be allowed to be undertaken under any circumstances. Understandably thereafter, the voice votes got louder and rowdier, since no other recourse was available. The chair ruled that the ayes had prevailed in passing the convention temporary rules to permanent, and the temporary chair to permanent, even though it was clearly not evident that that was the case. The chair allowed for the disenfranchisement of not only the delegates seated, but also of the over 50 delegates that were “de-certified” even though they had been previously certified at the county level. I want state clearly and positively the aforementioned article is incorrect in stating that chairs were thrown. There is NO video proof of a chair being thrown at the convention, however there IS video proof of the convention being thrown by the Chair.
Bruce Comer, Washoe County Democratic delegate to the state convention.