Results from the US Iowa Democratic caucus were delayed for hours on Monday night because of “inconsistencies” found in the data, the state party said in a statement.
The Iowa Democratic Party said they were using a new app to count the results, which was backed up by traditional paper tabulation.
The reporting process was massively delayed because of the two systems — but the state Democratic Party said the app was not hacked and did not fail during the process.
“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,” Mandy McClure, the communications director for the state Democractic Party said in a statement.
“This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” she added.
Earlier in the night, the party said the hold up was due to unspecified “quality checks” and new rules requiring three sets of data be reported.
“The integrity of the results is paramount,” McClure said in an earlier statement. “We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time.”
For the first time, the party has decided to report: tallies of caucusgoers’ first choice, vote totals for the “final alignment” after supporters of a lower-ranked candidate made a second choice and the total number of State Delegate Equivalents each candidate gets.
The party has decided to report tallies for “first alignment,” “final alignment,” and each of the candidate’s total of “state delegate equivalents” for the first time.
Des Moines County Chair Tom Courtney also said the app created to report results was “a mess” and caucus organizers instead were reduced to having to phone in their results to state party headquarters, which was, at times, too busy to pick up.
Around 9:50 p.m., data from “around 25%” of the state’s 1,765 precincts” had been collected, said McClure.
Caucusing began at 7 p.m. local time, in the Hawkeye State with the first results expected to come in soon after.
Representatives from each of the campaigns were summoned by the party to discuss issues with resulting the issues around 10 p.m., local time in Iowa, The New York Times reported.
Pre-caucus polls suggested that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders might have a narrow lead over the other top candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.