With Iowa Caucus App Chaos, Nevada's New App Raises Questions

Feb 4, 2020

Results for the Iowa Democratic caucus have yet to be released, due to complications with the newly developed precinct reporting app that was used. Coding issues and minimal training led to widespread confusion across the state.

The Nevada State Democratic Party is planning to use a similar app-based system for its Feb. 22 caucus. Looking ahead, third-in-line Nevada caucus participants are raising red flags — especially in light of the new app being used for the first time in the state.

Federal Elections Commission reports showed NV Dems previously hired the same elections app developer that Iowa used. The records show the state party paid Shadow, Inc. $58,000 in August for technology services, but it’s unclear if that money was specifically used to pay for a caucus app.

In a statement, NV Dems said they are working with a different app and vendor, and have a backup reporting system in place. The party has been holding dozens of training sessions for precinct volunteers on how to report with the app.