Why did the Democrats defer releasing the results and recount the votes?
Preliminary reports suggest that the results were delayed due to "inconsistencies" and the slow reporting of data provided by a new mobile app.
The app, created by Shadow (a firm linked to the Democratic digital non-profit group ACRONYM), was supposed to transmit information to party officials. However, according to reports, the caucus results were delayed due to reporting problems from more than 1,600 precincts.
ACRONYM noted that it had no information about the issue, stressing that the group is merely an investor in the company that created the app.
Just in — a statement from ACRONYM.— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) February 4, 2020
"We, like everyone else, are eagerly awaiting more information from the Iowa Democratic Party." pic.twitter.com/cBy2ZNwsPz
The caucuses are also struggling to report the results because they adopted a new reporting system this year - instead of the delegate count from each of the state's precincts, the chairs now have to report two different raw vote totals for every candidate and the number of delegates that supported each candidate in the final vote.
I am the caucus secretary for Story County Precinct 1-1. I've been on hold for over an hour to report the results. We have 6 delegates— Shawn Sebastian 🐺🐴 (@shawnsebastian) February 4, 2020
First Alignment@BernieSanders - 111@ewarren - 82@PeteButtigieg - 47
Sanders - 2
Warren - 2
Here's how it happened 1/
In the meantime, both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg stated that they are expecting victory in Iowa – which is the first state to hold a vote in the Democratic primaries, paving the way for the party's eventual nomination.
What Delay of Iowa Caucus Results Could Mean for Dems?
US political analyst Don Debar and independent political analyst Stephen Ebert have shared their views on the possible implications of the delayed Iowa caucus.
Don Debar: The political message is one of a party in a crisis, unable to handle an election process fairly and competently. One only need imagine how the State Department would react to an election handled this way in, say, Bolivia, Ukraine or Venezuela.
Stephen Ebert: As for political overtones, some Sanders supporters may claim as they did wrongly in 2016 that this is all part of a rigged process and system. All others will just move on...as they should...to states that matter.