Iowa Caucus Results Expected Tuesday Afternoon
It's pretty clear that the Iowa caucus has turned into a complete mess, and has raised concerns about our "first" status.
The caucus ended with no winner, no results, and no clarity. According to KCCI, Iowa Democratic Party officials say that the delay in results was due to technology problems and reporting “inconsistencies”. They assured that there was no "hack or intrusion", and said that they were "conducting quality checks, verifying results, and prioritizing the integrity of those results."
So when will we know? CNN reports that numbers are expected to be released around 4 p.m. this afternoon. Let's HOPE that that's the case otherwise this situation could get even more embarrassing for Iowa.
Here is the official statement Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released regarding the matter:
Last night, more than 1,600 precinct caucuses gathered across the state of Iowa and at satellite caucuses around the world to demonstrate our shared values and goal of taking back the White House. The many volunteers running caucus sites, new voters registering as Democrats, and neighbors talking to each other about the future of our country demonstrated the strength of our party.
We have every indication that our systems were secure and there was not a cyber security intrusion. In preparation for the caucuses, our systems were tested by independent cybersecurity consultants.
As precinct caucus results started coming in, the IDP ran them through an accuracy and quality check. It became clear that there were inconsistencies with the reports. The underlying cause of these inconsistencies was not immediately clear, and required investigation, which took time.
As this investigation unfolded, IDP staff activated pre-planned backup measures and entered data manually. This took longer than expected.
As part of our investigation, we determined with certainty that the underlying data collected via the app was sound. 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. The application’s reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately.
Because of the required paper documentation, we have been able to verify that the data recorded in the app and used to calculate State Delegate Equivalents is valid and accurate. Precinct level results are still being reported to the IDP. While our plan is to release results as soon as possible today, our ultimate goal is to ensure that the integrity and accuracy of the process continues to be upheld.”