Right now, given that our local news is politely ignoring this EPIC ELECTION COLLAPSE, we turn to our blog community for a glimpse at the current election crisis our way to the next one very soon . . . At this rate. Checkit:
Chuck: It's Time For Paper Ballots & Old Fashioned Counts
Last night's Democratic Caucus in Iowa, by anyone's account, including Democrats, was a disaster.
Bernie Sanders supporters are livid and posting tweets like this one;
-Iowa Democratic Party uses secretive app for caucus reporting
-App stops working a few hours before caucus begins
-Results trickle in but show dominating performance for Sanders, death knell for Biden camp
-Counting now shut down by DNC for "quality control"
-I have that right?
As I type, in the background, I can hear commentary on MSNBC and FOX that discounts, but does not refute, the possibility of a cyber attack.
Nonsense. As in 2016, this is a concerted, premeditated attack on the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the ground swell of support, that now dominates the conversation and energy in the Democrat Party. The only thing left for the old guard of the DNC to do, in order to put a bow on this mess, is for Adam Schiff to stand in front of the microphone and tell us all, that the APP shot itself in the back of the head.
No one, not even Democrats, denies that the 2016 Democratic Primaries were rigged to elect Clinton and defeat Sanders. The proof is categorical.
It is time for ALL Americans, that still believe in fair elections to call for a return to PAPER BALLOTS!
The all too familiar, stench of corruption, malfeasance and claims from BOTH sides of the political spectrum after the upcoming 2020 election, could be the final blow to ANY hope of reconciliation and a workable relationship between Democrats and Republicans that can accomplish the stated objectives of the majority of the electorate. This is not to mention, the threats of violence from Sanders supporters if they feel, they have been, once again, "screwed in the drive through".
Addressing these problems prior to another disaster like last night's embarrassment, would benefit the entire nation, not just Sanders supporters. Americans MUST believe in the fairness of national elections, or..., suffer the results of the chaos that will ensue.
Survey Seyz: 2020 Voting Trouble Just Getting Started
The most obvious and benign possible reason we might see delayed results on Election Day is what political scientist Charles Stewart and I call the " overtime count." This term refers to ballots that are counted after election night, as the election officials canvass returns before finally certifying their results.
The Numbers Now
The Iowa Democratic Party releases the first batch of caucus results, showing an early lead for Pete Buttigieg.
Stat Geeks Consider Consequences For Democracy
In trying to build a forecast model of the Democratic primaries, we literally had to think about the entire process from start (Iowa) to finish (the Virgin Islands on June 6). Actually, we had to do more than that.
Progressive Hot Take
Widespread problems in tallying the results of Monday's Democratic caucuses in Iowa have caused confusion in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, as officials have delayed releasing results well into Tuesday. Into the vacuum stepped President Donald Trump 's sons, his surrogates and right-wing media allies, who quickly sought to push disinformation that the caucuses were somehow rigged.
The technology issues, the coin flips to pick a winner and all of the other major snafus during yesterday's Iowa caucuses make it likely that either the caucuses will be replaced by a primary in 2024 or Iowa will lose its first-in-the-nation status, or both.
Fox News Connection
Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce argued that there is a direct parallel between the botched Iowa caucuses and another historic, technology-driven failure: the Obamacare website. The Iowa Democratic Party blamed their failure to release the results of the caucuses on a "coding issue" related to its reporting app and it pledged to release the caucus results starting late Tuesday afternoon.
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T-shirt brand Raygun launched a shirt mocking this year's chaotic Iowa Caucus. The garment boasts that it "Was Designed and Printed Faster Than the Caucus Results Were Released!" Raygun is based in Des Moines, Iowa, where it designs and prints its in-house t-shirts. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
You decide . . .