So, I did my duty today and went and caucused for Bernie Sanders. It was a really unpleasant experience. We got to the caucus site at about 10:30 AM.
We seemed to get their just in time because by the time we got past the first set of doors to line up for registration check, the line behind us had really grown. I'm not sure if this is the norm or not, but they condensed at least 5 precincts to this one site. There were signs pointing to registration, but there really wasn't anybody around saying what the different lines were for. Turns out they had TWO people to check in all existing voters. Then they had another table that was just for people registering that day, who were allowed to bypass the Charlie Foxtrot that everyone else stood in. Here is a shot of line after we got through registration, on the other side of that wall was a very, very long line and we were later told that people got turned away.
So we first got sent to a small room that ultimately was too small for our group. After getting there at 10:30, it took about 45 minutes to get through the registration and we sat in this room for probably half an hour before they decided to move us a bigger room. Here's the first room, that's me.
Finally, we got in our caucus room and waited for a long time. There weren't many undecideds, but the precinct captains did not really do a solid job and stamping out discussion prior to the vote. The snipping between both groups of supporters was pretty unpleasant, one woman for Hillary was particularly attacking. Ultimately, there were 102 people in the room, and the split went 54-48 in Hillary's favor. So, out of 15 Delegates, she gets 8 Bernie got 7. Good enough for me. I was glad I went I guess, but I think this process is bullshit. They were way understaffed, the back and forth was not helpful, and everybody was a little angry and hungry by the end of it cause it went until 1:30. Here is a shot from the final room with my wife hiding behind my shoulder.
Ironically, Hillary supporters to me sounded kinda like Republicans, IE don't want taxes going up, don't want to pay for alleged "free shit" and so on, but they damn sure want to make sure they get theirs. I hope Nevada becomes a primary state, I'm not sure I would do this again.