Thursday, February 04, 2016

Iowa's biggest newspaper calls for complete audit of Dem Iowa Caucuses vote

Eastern Iowa
In an editorial just published, Iowa's largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, is calling for a complete audit of the Democratic Iowa Caucuses results.

From that op-ed:
What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.

The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

First of all, the results were too close not to do a complete audit of results. Two-tenths of 1 percent separated Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. A caucus should not be confused with an election, but it's worth noting that much larger margins trigger automatic recounts in other states.

Second, too many questions have been raised. Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night's chaos.
Six caucus winners were determined by a coin toss. Defying the odds, Hillary Clinton won each coin flip.

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