Iowa Democratic Party Says ‘Quality Checks’ Causing Delay in Caucus Results

Wednesday, 05 Feb, 2020

The results of the Iowa caucuses, the first voting contest of the USA 2020 presidential election season, have been delayed "due to quality checks", the Iowa Democratic Party said late on Monday.

The announcement of the caucuses outcome was delayed on Monday night "due to quality checks", Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Communications Director Mandy McClure said. But it may be a while before we find out what they were. "The underlying data and the paper trail are solid and will simply take time to further inform the results".

They said an app created for caucus organisers to report their results had malfunctioned, leaving precinct officials to call in the outcome to state party headquarters, whose phone lines swiftly became jammed.

Results from Iowa's caucuses, the first vote in the race to pick a Democratic White House candidate, have been plunged into chaos by apparent technology issues.

Washington caucusgoers were originally going to meet at a hotel in Washington, but the Iowa Democratic Party said higher anticipated turnout required a location change. The Iowa Democratic Party said the slow reporting of returns was a result of "quality control" efforts.

Two rounds of voting occur in which a candidate needs to receive a minimum 15% threshold of votes in order to secure any delegates to then vote for them at the Democratic National Convention in July, when the final nominee is chosen after all primaries haven ended.

The reporting problems put a damper on what Democrats were hoping would be an electric start to the 2020 presidential race, and left the entire field in limbo - stuck waiting for a clearer sense of where they stood in the race after months and months of campaigning, while also looking ahead to the New Hampshire primary next week.

The former U.S. vice president and long-time front-runner, had appeared to be underperforming in some precincts, though it was hard to get a statewide picture. Others, who back Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, think a strong progressive alternative that will energize young voters and motivate the progressive base is the better approach.

Biden also hinted at victory saying that while "it looks like it's going to be a long night", his campaign was "feeling good" about the forthcoming results.

Many Iowa precinct chairs were forced to abandon a new app that was implemented to report results over "technical issues", and had to instead manually deliver results, which led to long delays. That's according to a state party official in the room who was not authorized to share internal discussions publicly.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Iowans believe the objective of the caucus is to narrow the large field of candidates so the rest of the country has few, but good, choices for the primaries to come. It covers findings from a survey of over 3,000 likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers.

"They can't even run a caucus and they want to run a government", tweeted Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale. Amy Klobuchar, who represents neighboring Minnesota, was also claiming momentum, while outsider candidates including entrepreneur Andrew Yang, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard could be factors.