Nevada's Democratic Party has reportedly made it tough – and potentially expensive – for U.S. troops serving overseas to caucus for either Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Daily Beast reports
voting in Saturday's Democratic caucus requires that service members stationed abroad pre-register online a week before the event, after which they'll get a phone number to call at noon that day.
"International calling rates and fees may apply," the state party's website cautions.
And callers have to "stay on the entirety of the call to register their presidential preference," according to the Nevada Democratic Party, the Daily Beast reports.
Bob Carey, the director of military and vet eras outreach for the Republican National Committee, slammed the plan.
"Essentially, the Democrats' plan requires overseas military personnel to wake up in the middle of the night, find a commercial phone, call in to the caucus, and then stay on the line for one or two or three hours to have their presidential preference registered," he tells the Daily Beast.
The DNC dismisses the critique, saying the whole caucus process should only take about a half-hour.
For Nevada Republican caucus voters, the only requirement is that the military members overseas and their families request an absentee ballot online and submit it by the evening before the Feb. 23 caucus, the Daily Beast notes.
A poll released Wednesday showed the former secretary of state and Vermont lawmaker in a dead heat in Nevada
— a huge change from the 23-point lead Clinton held just last month.
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