Apparently, this was both a banquet and a straw poll. The banquet cost $33 to attend and $5 to vote.
It was not made mandatory that one must attend the banquet to vote.
Many Ron Paul supporters opted out of the banquet and simply paid the $5 fee to participate in the straw poll which was to be held after the
Their money was accepted.
When it became obvious that the Ron Paul supporters far outnumbered the Fred Thompson supporters (who is the favored candidate of the event organizer)
the poll was canceled.
[edit on 7-12-2007 by Alamo]