05 February 2016

I Swear, the Iowa Democratic Party Could Not Organize a Piss-Up in a Brewery

And that's the best case scenario.

The worst case scenario is that we saw fraud in the tabulation of the caucus results.

Given that it's the Iowa Democratic party, my guess is that the increasing number of irregulatities:
Iowa Democratic Party officials are reviewing results from the Iowa caucuses and making updates where discrepancies have been found.

Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire the day after Monday's caucuses said no review would be conducted, and that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s narrow victory over Bernie Sanders was final.

But as errors are being discovered, the final tally is being changed, party officials confirmed to the Des Moines Register on Friday.

"Both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have flagged a very small number of concerns for us, and we are looking at them all on a case-by-case basis," Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Sam Lau told the Register.


The Register, too, has received numerous reports that the results announced at precincts Monday night don't match what the Iowa Democratic Party has posted on its official results website.

Just one example: Grinnell precinct No. 1.

At least three caucusgoers there (including Dan McCue and Zack Stewart) and the Grinnell College newspaper reported that Sanders won 19 county delegates and Clinton 7, but party officials said the final tally was Sanders 18 and Clinton 8.

“19-7 is right,” Pablo Silva, a Grinnell College professor who was precinct secretary, told the Register Friday. “It is complicated, but the issue comes down to a problem with the math that can be complicated in large precincts. Short version: On Monday night, the IDP felt we had not done it right, and they attempted to correct what they saw as errors. We’ve been in touch since then. They are acknowledging our results, but, as I write, will wait on the arrival of our paperwork.”
Iowa Democratic Party, you had one job………


LARS MAGE said...

The Republicans in Iowa actually do it better. They count the votes and are done with it.

Stephen Montsaroff said...

Have you ever attended such a caucus, much less run one?

They are not voting arrangements, but complicated by subcaucuses, vote trading, and procedures.

I have participated and helped run the buggers. They are not elections, but are actually party meetings.

Approximate is frankly good enough.

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