Des Moines Register Calls for Audit of Clinton/Sanders Caucus Results


After years of preparation intended to streamline the caucus process — from Microsoft produced apps to backups for backups — many expected a much smoother election this time around.

Now that its over, its safe to say its just as much of a mess as 2012, or maybe even worse.

The grievances on the Republican side are well documented, but now the Democrats are even calling for an audit of their own results.

The Des Moines Register is calling for a “complete audit” of the Iowa Democratic caucuses in light of concerns by Bernie Sanders about the razor-thin margin.

“Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips,” the Register's editorial board writes Wednesday night.

“That’s fine. We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can’t stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error,” it wrote.

Hillary Clinton edged out Sanders by just 0.2 percentage points, a margin the Register notes would trigger recounts in other states. Sanders' campaign has said it is working with its Iowa staff to confirm those results, which the party certified early Tuesday morning.

The caucuses are run differently than a typical primary process.

In the Democrats' process, voters physically arrange themselves around the room to signal their support for a presidential candidate and are counted by precinct captains. Ties can be settled by coin flips, and reports out of Iowa suggest that a handful of delegates were assigned by pure chance.

That makes a full recount impossible, and a Democratic official confirmed to The Hill Monday night that there is no recount provision.

It looks as if the results are set in stone, not that Sanders supporters are happy. Regardless, it looks as if they'll be handed a major win in New Hampshire next week, where Sanders tops Clinton 2-1.

Source: The Hill



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