Democrats fear new fiasco in Nevada caucus

Pete Buttigieg in the campaign, February 10 in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Pete Buttigieg in the campaign, February 10 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. MATT ROURKE / AP

While the Iowa caucus, the first leg of the Democratic nomination contest for the presidential election of November 3, was held on February 3, "Le Monde" launches its campaign logbook. A daily update, first of all five days a week until September, with campaign facts, political advertisements, polls, maps and figures that allow us to follow and experience the most important electoral competition in the world.

Will the Iowa caucus fiasco, which cost the Democratic Party president in this rural Midwestern state, repeat itself in Nevada on Saturday, February 22?

The American press has raised concerns from stakeholders. According to Washington Post, "The candidates' campaign teams said they still have not received even a basic explanation from the party about how the key elements of the process work. Volunteers report problems with technology that was deployed at the last minute to facilitate the counting of votes. And the experts are raising serious questions about an app that the party is feverishly putting in place to replace the one that has been abandoned. ” after the Iowa disaster where it took four days to get the final results. The Iowa fiasco was all the less understandable since participation was limited to just over 170,000 votes.

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Meanwhile, the quest for culprits continues in Iowa. Candidate spokespersons Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden said their campaigns did not help fund the application, which malfunctioned on the night of the vote. She had been unable to convey the results.

The denials came after critics, including relatives of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, said that Shadow, the company that created the faulty app, had received tens of thousands of dollars from them in 2019. Shadow is owned by digital consultancy Acronym, whose founder and CEO, Tara McGowan, worked for Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and was previously digital director of NextGen America, a progressive organization founded by candidate Tom Steyer , a billionaire philanthropist.

Nevada's own vote adds to concerns. Unlike Iowa, where the evening caucus is held, Democrats have been able to vote early since Saturday, February 15. Democrats can classify their presidential choices on paper ballots at sites across the state. On Saturday, caucus day, they can get together in about 2,000 public sites, such as churches or schools, to vote for their preferred candidate. If their first choice does not get enough votes, voters can support someone else in a second round. Advance voting preferences will be treated the same as if the voter attended in person.


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