Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Feb. 6 that Iowas Democratic Party needs to conduct a recanvass of the state, following confusion and delayed results during this weeks caucus.
With nearly all the results in, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had 26.2 percent and 26.1 percent, respectively, of the Iowa state delegate equivalents. Officials blamed the delay in the caucus results on a vote-recording app on Feb. 3.
“Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass,” Perez wrote on Twitter.
Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 6, 2020
“A recanvass is a review of the worksheets from each caucus site to ensure accuracy,” he said, before adding that the state Democratic Party “will continue to report results.”
Perezs post on Twitter came shortly after a New York Times report added to the havoc in Iowa. In an analysis, the newspaper found that some results released Feb. 5 had errors and inconsistencies, but noted that there wasnt any evidence that it was intentional.
The caucus results werent immediately available on Feb. 3, but they have slowly been released in the days since then. Shadow Inc., which created the election app, issued a statement, with CEO Gerard Niemira saying he felt “terrible” for the mishap.
“Im really disappointed that some of our technology created an issue that made the caucus difficult,” he said.
Earlier this week, Perez addressed the app failure, writing that Iowas caucus delay “should never happen again” and “we have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted.”
Buttigieg declared victory Feb. 3 after no results were released, which prompted consternation among his rivals, including Sanders.
“By all indications, we are going onto New Hampshire victorious,” Buttigieg told supporters. His campaign later said it was citing internal data.