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Iowa

You never, ever use new software in a production setting unless it has been stress tested for at least 6 months and the end users have been trained and participate in the final stage of testing. That said, they used paper ballots, so no data was lost. The big ‘problem’ is that there was no instant answer after the caucuses had all ended.

The caucus system is a bad idea that gives a flawed result. Just hold a primary and find out who the voters really prefer. Not everybody can make it to the meeting place on a Monday night – some would need babysitters, some are working, some don’t have transportation, etc. There is nothing democratic about a process that excludes a significant number of voters in the state.

The problem of the Iowa Democratic Party staging an archaic process, in a small rural state that only has 6 of the 535 votes in the Electoral College, is hardly indicative of problems of any Presidential campaign. It does highlight the problem of front loading the candidate selection system with small rural states.

2 comments

1 hipparchia { 02.04.20 at 7:35 pm }

The caucus system is a bad idea

yep.

That said, they used paper ballots, so no data was lost.

thus proving that those of us who still have paper ballots and have only primaries to worry about are ahead of the game — not a usual position for florida to be in these days, but thank goodness for those good government in the sunshine types back in the days of old.

The big ‘problem’ is that there was no instant answer after the caucuses had all ended.

what?!?! that’s unconscionable!!!! /s

2 Bryan { 02.04.20 at 8:18 pm }

It is amazing how many members of the media act like this was a plane load of kittens crashing into a nunnery. If it doesn’t have a body count or involve nuclear weapons, it isn’t a crisis.

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