Although nearly 72 hours have passed since the conclusion of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, Democrats have yet to declare a formal winner in the Hawkeye State at the time of this writing, blaming everything from software glitches to prank calls. But after the party backtracked Wednesday with an announcement that it would be amending caucus results that had already been released, some have expressed concern that the trouble in Iowa goes much deeper.
“There will be a minor correction to the last batch of results and we will be pushing an update momentarily,” the Iowa Democratic Party tweeted Wednesday, according to The Washington Times. The party soon issued “corrected” results, but “did not show specifically what amendments had been made,” the Times noted.
Soon after, a report from The New York Times revealed more inconsistencies in the caucuses. According to the Washington Examiner, the Times “found instances where vote tallies did not add up, where state delegate equivalents (the traditional measure used to determine the winner) were awarded incorrectly, or where raw results should not be possible.”
An unreliable app?
According to NBC News, Iowa Democrats depended on an app developed a company called Shadow, Inc. to coordinate their Monday caucuses. But the program turned out to have some serious shortcomings.
“The app appears rushed,” cybersecurity threat analyst Irfan Asrar told NBC. “Someone was not paying attention or on a deadline.”
For their part, state party officials promised to get to the bottom of went wrong with the software.
“As part of our investigation, we determined with certainty that the underlying data collected via the app was sound,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said in a statement, according to MSNBC. He added that “while the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data.”
“We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed,” he said.
“Enough is enough”
But even Democrats are skeptical that everything is on the up-and-up here. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez aired his dissatisfaction on Twitter, proclaiming Thursday: “Enough is enough.”
“In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass,” Perez added.
In a second tweet, the DNC chair explained that “a recanvass is a review of the worksheets from each caucus site to ensure accuracy. The IDP [Iowa Democratic Party] will continue to report results,” he said.
As of Thursday afternoon, former small-town Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg was reported to hold a very narrow lead in the caucuses over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But with the results still up in the air, many 2020 hopefuls have dismissed Iowa altogether, shifting their sights to New Hampshire as the state gears up for its primary contest on Tuesday.