The Caucus in Iowa: chaos in the counting of votes and the lack of results

In Iowa Monday, February 3, passed a Caucus of the Democratic party — meetings, where party members discuss candidates for participation in the presidential race, and hold open voting. About it writes BBC.

Кокусы в Айове: хаос при подсчете голосов и отсутствие результатов

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The U.S. presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020, and the country now begins the selection of candidates for participation in elections.

Iowa was the first, where the Caucus-goers, but not without a number of technological problems.

At the request of the Democrats, when the vote count was discovered “inconsistencies”, however, the party insist that the unprecedented delay in the counting of votes was not the result of computer hacking. In the end, the organizers of the Caucus were not able to publish the results of the vote and no one knows when it will happen.

Since the official figures are unknown, the candidates of the party began to put forward their version of voting results. So, the staff of the Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders said about the victory of their candidate in Iowa, citing “private data”.

According to the headquarters of Sanders, he beat former mayor of South bend, Indiana Pete Buttidzhichem. Himself Buttidzhich allegedly said that all signs of his campaign moving toward victory in new Hampshire, referring to the primaries, scheduled there on February 11.

Democrats in Iowa for the first time was to transfer the headquarters of the party, the results of all three rounds of Caucus and not just the final figures.

Democrats hold an emergency teleconference with the candidates ‘ campaign headquarters. The headquarters of Joe Biden already was indignant with actions of the organizers.

Crashing the app or just a procedural delay?

According to representatives of the Democratic party of Iowa Mandy McClure found in the results of three rounds of compliance” is only “procedural hitch”, and not an attempt of a hacker attack or outside interference.

McClure also denied the failure of the electronic application, specially developed for such counting.

“All the related data and paper documents are not questionable, just for the announcement of the final results will require additional time”, — she explained.

“We compare all of the electronic data from paper copies, — assured the Chairman of the Democratic party of Iowa Troy Price. — This system of counting is more time consuming, but it ensures that we are able to announce the results with full confidence.”

This year changed the rules the announcement of the results. Iowa should be transferred to the headquarters of the party results in all three rounds, not just the final numbers.

McClure’s statement contradicts the claims of party officials at the district level who believe it is a technical problem.

According to them, the specially designed app for counting out of order, after which the heads of district sites began to call into headquarters. However, to call the hotline in the office of the party in Iowa, was impossible: the caller heard the same message: “all our operators are busy right now”.

What is at stake?

At stake, in fact, participate in the presidential election in November and the rivalry with Republican Donald trump, the current President of the country.

Iowa is a sparsely populated, predominantly agricultural state, and nevertheless, Iowa and new Hampshire first participate in the presidential campaign, spending the Caucus and the primaries.

The last four candidates from the Democratic party had just won the Caucus in Iowa.

Among the leaders in this race until Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttidzhich, former Vice President of USA Joe Biden, the Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren and Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar.

What was the reaction of the Republicans?

Republicans gloated. Campaign Manager to trump brad Parscale said that “the Democrats stew in the confusion, which they themselves have created, enduring the sloppy disaster in its history.”

“For people it would be natural to doubt the fairness of the process,” he added.

But the Republicans previously had problems with Iowa.

In 2012, the winner of the Caucus was announced as MITT Romney, and already two weeks later in the party said that actually defeated Rick Santorum.

Son of trump, Donald trump Jr. ernichayu on Twitter, asking: “If the Democrats do not hold Caucus meetings to which they had been preparing for four years, then what the heck can someone think they can run the country?”

A little later, and the Twitter account of U.S. President Donald trump.

Кокусы в Айове: хаос при подсчете голосов и отсутствие результатов

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“The democratic Caucus was a disaster. Nothing works, the same as when they ruled the country,” wrote trump.

What’s next?

11 February there will be primaries in new Hampshire, then, also in February, Nevada and South Carolina.

In the super Tuesday on March 3 a vote will take place in 15 States.

The names of the candidates for the presidential race will be named in Wisconsin in July.



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