We have a new statement from the Iowa Democratic Party on tonight’s significant delays:
We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,”
“This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.
NBC reports the state party had earlier said it was carrying out “quality control checks, making sure the numbers are accurate.”
The delays caused widespread confusion, and some election workers struggled with the new app.
“The app is the issue and the hotline is smoked,” said Joe Galasso, a volunteer in charge of new registrations for Waukee precinct 2. He had just gotten off the phone with precinct chairman Matt Chapman. They have not been able to report their results, even though they wrapped up more than an hour ago.
The backup phone line provided by the party was likewise “a disaster,” a source familiar with the process said, adding that the campaigns were all participating in a briefing about the situation.
Another source was more blunt: “The app is f—ing up,” said a senior aide to one of the campaigns, who asked not to be identified. “Can’t trust the numbers coming in.”
For the first time, the state Democratic Party will report three sets of results: “the first expression of preference” from caucusgoers for a candidate; vote totals from the “final alignment” after backers of lower-ranking contenders make their second choice; and the total number of state delegate equivalents won by candidates.