Las Vegas Strip (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The show will go on, and so will the caucuses, in some Las Vegas casinos.
That's because a federal judge has refused to shut down nine casino-based locations for tomorrow's Nevada caucuses.
The decision is seen as a boost for Barack Obama, since he's been endorsed by the union that represents many of the shift workers who will use those casino locations to caucus.
The lawsuit had been brought by a state teachers' union that's endorsed Hillary Clinton, and the fallout over this case led to a dispute between the two campaigns.
The Clinton people deny playing any formal role in the lawsuit, but they are critical of the casino caucuses. They say the system "seems to benefit other campaigns" and is "unfair".
For his part, Obama welcomed the judge's decision, saying anything else would have meant disenfranchisement for many who work on the Vegas strip - people like maids, dishwashers and bellhops - all members of the culinary workers union that endorsed him.
The rules for holding the caucuses were set by Nevada state Democratic Party leaders.
Here’s my question to you: Do you see anything wrong with Nevada holding caucuses in casinos?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Everyone has the right to vote and I think it is a very positive thing that they are able to make arrangements for people who are tied to a certain location to vote. Since when does it matter where one votes so long as they are voting? Great decision from the judge.
Dennis from Santa Ana, California writes:
How would requiring casino workers to caucus at locations other than their workplace have diluted their vote? Are casino workers the only caucus participants? How are they different from any other employee? This clearly provides an unfair advantage to a segment of the Nevada population, how can it not? More importantly, this demonstrates the weakness of caucusing in that the requirement to be physically present restricts who can attend.
Jack, They should hold the caucuses wherever and whenever Americans can get there. It's the caucuses that are held at 8pm on Thursday and last until midnight that keep most working class Americans at home, concerned more with work the next day.
Thomas from South Carolina writes:
It doesn't sound any more idiotic than squeezing 50 people into someone's living room in Iowa. At least they will have cocktail waitresses.
D.J. from Iowa writes:
I think the only way it is unfair is that not all businesses can caucus at the workplace. If it were to be fair, they would allow all business to hold caucuses to ensure that all working individuals are given the same right to vote.
Not at all. As long as we aren't hitting the bookies and plopping down the wife's savings all on Kucinich, I think we'll be fine.
Casinos in Nevada are just not the place to hold an election. They are busy and to be honest slightly vulgar. The atmosphere just isn't right. If you want an honest election then they should be held in some place respectable.
Jack, Have you ever been to Nevada? There is nothing but casinos. Where else are they going to hold the caucuses?