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More 2012: Whacky Nevada rules

NEVADA: Many polls will close at 3 pm local time, some at 5 pm and there’s going to be one very special 7 pm caucus closing for Gingrich backer and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson at the Adelson Educational Complex, because it’s the Sabbath.

“Each county was allowed to set its own caucus procedures this year, leading to a divergent array of start times and rules across the state. Some precincts will open their doors as early as 8 a.m.; others won't get under way until noon. But all must wrap up the action by 3 p.m.,” The Atlantic’s Ball writes. “At 5 p.m., the party will publicly announce the results of the caucuses for the 16 smaller counties. (Since these results will have been announced at the precinct level, the campaigns and media likely will already have a sense by then.) At 7 p.m., just as the special evening caucus is getting under way, the results for the rest of Clark County will be announced. … The bizarre arrangement leaves the door open to all kinds of campaign hijinks. Party officials say attendees at the evening caucus will have to sign an affidavit swearing that they didn't already vote earlier, and their names will be checked against the voter rolls.”