Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos

February 4, 2020 by Dan McCue
Precinct captain Carl Voss, of Des Moines, Iowa, holds his iPhone that shows the Iowa Democratic Party's caucus reporting app Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their own election contest on Feb. 22.

“Nevada Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada,” state party chair William McCurdy said in a statement.

“We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus,” he said.

McCurdy went on to say the party had “already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems, and are currently evaluating the best path forward.”

The app used in the Iowa caucuses was developed by the progressive tech firm Shadow Inc., which is managed by a nonprofit investment company called Acronym.

Election officials detected irregularities in voting data during the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday which required them to switch to counting votes manually. Several reports said the app was overwhelmed by the amount of information coming in from Iowa’s 1,681 election precincts. 

The issue delayed the reporting of the first results of the Democratic presidential primary, sowing confusion about the state of the closely fought race.

Party officials in Iowa said they’d release “a majority” of the results by 5 p.m. eastern time Tuesday, but at least one of the candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden, has called on the party to allow candidates to review the quality control measures being implemented before any official results are released.”

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