Yesterday at a rally in Reno, NV, Donald Trump lamented his performance there in early voting and blamed a conspiracy to keep early voting polling stations open late specifically to service the large Hispanic population there. The early numbers suggest that Hispanics are rejecting Trump and the Republicans in record numbers in Clark County, home of Las Vegas.
“It’s being reported that certain key democratic reporting stations in Clark County were kept open for hours and hours after closing time to bus and bring democratic voters in,” Trump said. “It’s a rigged system, and we’re going to beat it.”
Before Trump’s speech, Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party Michael McDonald spoke to the crowd, alleging an even more sinister and negative tone.
“If we don’t get our people out to vote, they’re going to win. Last night in Clark County they kept a poll open till 10 o’clock at night so a certain group could vote,” McDonald said. “It wasn’t in an area that normally has high transition. The polls are supposed to close at 7. This was kept open till 10. Yeah, you feel free right now? Think this is a free or easy election?”
I think we can safely assume that the “certain group” he was referring to are Hispanic voters. Spanish speaking Hispanic voters in polls are favoring Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by nearly 50 points.
Here’s the thing. Yesterday was a historic day for early voting in Clark County. 57,000 people there cast their votes. Lines were very long, with reports of wait times of several hours. Nevada law requires that polls stay open if a voter got in line by the time that the poll closed. Thus the poll had to stay open until 10, or until all of the voters in line could be serviced.
I could find no reports of Democratic voters being bussed in, despite this story being widely reported by credible news sources with reporters on the ground in Clark County.
A spokesman for the Clark County Election Board stated that no polls stayed open later than advertised, and no wrongdoing was reported.