Technical debacle in reporting vote clouds future of Iowa caucuses

  • Technical debacle in reporting vote clouds future of Iowa caucuses

Technical debacle in reporting vote clouds future of Iowa caucuses

Initially, the party did not disclose the app's creator or to allow it to undergo security testing, prompting critics to voice concerns about its safety.

The party developed a smartphone app to expand the online reporting of results from precincts to party headquarters.

Sebastian's call was picked up as he was speaking on-air to Blitzer, but moments later Sebastian said he was hung up on.

"I got to say, I'm a numbers guy and I'm still waiting on number for tonight", he told his supporters. "Finally through, the worker on the line was extremely helpful".

The Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses, which were expected to begin to bring clarity to a crowded field, turned into an embarrassing fiasco when a new smartphone app meant to speed the reporting of results crashed early in the evening.

Iowa's coveted position as the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest faces its most daunting challenge in light of problems that kept the state Democratic Party from reporting results. There was no estimated time given to campaigns. "We don't know exactly what it is yet, but we feel good about where we are", Biden said.

"With this reporting debacle, it may be the end", said Joe Trippi, a longtime Democratic presidential campaign operative and veteran of multiple Iowa campaigns.

Amid the delay, party officials held a call with the rival campaigns.

"More data takes more time", the official said.

But her statement was contradicted by party officials at county level, who blamed technology issues for the delay.

State party spokeswoman Mandy McClure said it had "found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results".

"In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report", the statement reads. "This is a stress or load issue, as well as a reporting issue that we have seen in Iowa". The underlying cause of these inconsistencies was not immediately clear, and required investigation, which took time.

But former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro gave renewed, prominent voice to the sentiment even as he was running for president in Iowa past year, saying the contest "does not reflect demographically either the United States or, certainly not, the Democratic Party".

The counting of votes was delayed for hours, after a reported glitch with the smartphone app prevented precinct captains from reporting vote totals. With the results in limbo, Senator Amy Klobuchar, from the neighboring Midwestern state of Minnesota, insisted "we are punching above our weight". "It's all on paper".

The much-anticipated Caucus results were on hold Tuesday morning after problems with the vote count, which Bloomberg News' Chief Washington Correspondent Kevin Cirilli calls a "complete mess". "Tonight President Trump posted a record performance in the well-run GOP Iowa caucuses with record turnout for an incumbent".

Unlike a traditional primary, in which voters cast ballots, caucuses all take place out in the open: People show up to their precinct and physically move into designated parts of a room to show their preference for a certain candidate. "No thank you." Trump - who has been weighed down by an impeachment process expected to end with his acquittal on Wednesday - is nearly certain to mention the chaos on Tuesday night when he address Congress and the nation during his annual State of the Union speech. State officials did not train county officials on how to use the app in the run-up to the caucus, and local party members experienced difficulties downloading the app, obtaining a PIN to log in, and even opening the app after having obtained a PIN.

The victor of the caucuses is decided by state delegate equivalents, tied to a math formula, not head counts. Coin flips are not used to decide which candidate wins a state convention delegate or national convention delegate.