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Democratic Caucus ‘Was A Debacle, Period’ — Des Moines Register Demands an Audit

DonkeyCaricatureIn a damning editorial published Wednesday, the Des Moines Register was unsparing in its criticism of the way the Democratic party has handled the Iowa caucuses, insisting that a “complete audit” be performed and that the party overhaul the process.

What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.

[…] Too many questions have been raised. Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.

The editorial board discusses the much derided decision to use coin flips to determine the winner of some county delegates, observing that the raw vote totals have not been released and the precise number of coin flips and their results remain unverified.

The confusion is partially due to problems endemic in the way the Democratic party runs the Iowa caucuses, the editorial noted, and recommended that the party take steps “to improve the caucuses, as the Republican Party of Iowa did after its own fiasco in 2012. Monday’s mess showed that it’s time for the Democrats to change, too.”

[h/t Des Moines Register]

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