No Word As To When Democratic Caucus Results Might Be Released

Tue 2-4-2020

(Des Moines)-- There's no word as to when results from Monday's Democratic Caucuses might be released. The Iowa Democratic Party says it could be later today (Tues.) or even later before the numbers are made public. 

There were reports of issues with an app used to report the numbers from individual precincts to the state party headquarters. When that failed, county officials say they couldn't call in the results because the phone lines were busy. Party officials decline to say just what went wrong with the app. They contend it was not due to a hack or intrusion. 

For the first time in the history of the Iowa Caucuses, three different sets of data were to be released for increased transparency. State party officials say that also complicated matters.

State Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price says they do have a paper trail and are manually verifying the counts. He says it's important to uphold the integrity of the process.

Locally in Dickinson county, large turnouts were reported at the caucus sites.

Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst issued a joint statement defending the caucus system saying "The process is not suffering because of a short delay in knowing the final results. Iowans and all Americans should know we have complete confidence that every last vote will be counted and every last voice will be heard. We look forward to Iowa carrying on its bipartisan legacy of service in the presidential nominating process."