Coding error blamed for Democratic caucus chaos

A coding error in the app used by the Democratic Party in Iowa has been blamed for significant delays in reporting the results of the state’s caucus.

The new app was developed so caucus results – the votes of Democratic Party members for their preferred presidential candidate – could be reported more quickly following Monday’s vote.

But instead of speeding things up a coding error in the app led to the data being only partially reported, forcing the Democratic Party to resort to manual systems in order to verify vote counts.

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The chairman for the Iowa Democratic Party, Troy Price, said: “As part of our investigation, we determined with certainty that the underlying data collected via the app was sound.

“While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data. We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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