Iowa Caucus Meltdown


Joe Raedle

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders speaking at his New Hampshire primary win in 2016.

Will Bass, Staff Writer

The Iowa Caucuses are commonly seen as the first contest of the US presidential primary season, so when just a simple app caused the whole event to crumble, it shocked the political atmosphere in the US.

Monday night’s Iowa Caucuses were supposed to offer a first look at the democratic frontrunners of the upcoming election, but because of untrained volunteers and a glitchy app used to collect and report caucus votes, viewers were unable to see the frontrunners until late Tuesday night.

“I think it was a terrible idea to use an app that was not properly tested and trust it with giving accurate results of the most important pre-election event possible,” said Adams junior Luke Martin. 

The worst part of the whole mess was the backup phone lines that acted as a fail-safe for the app; they also went down. New Hampshire, which has its traditional primary coming up, was uneasy about using anything that has to do with technology in the case of a possible hacker. 

Pete Marovich
Man counting votes with pen and paper.

“It’s got to be a little embarrassing for the Democratic Party that something as simple as an app was able to corrupt the votes so much. They should’ve stuck with paper ballots,” said Adams junior Cam Dalton, on the poorly constructed app used at Monday’s caucuses.

The inconsistencies at the Iowa Caucus are going to cause voters to question the security of their decisions, which will almost certainly affect how the voting stacks up for the Democratic party in the upcoming primary.