The Democratic Party of Nevada will not use any apps in their caucus at the end of February after the technology caused serious confusion and delays in the full release of results from Iowas caucus last week.
Nevada had planned to use an app developed by Shadow Inc., the same company that created the program that was used in Iowa. However, according to the Nevada state party, because of the problems Iowa experienced, no apps will be used at any point in the Nevada caucus process.
After noting the troubles that Iowa experienced, Nevada democrats decided they would not be using that type of app and running the risk of what Iowa described as a “coding error” in the technology.
After the new app failed to transmit the Iowa results, Nevada state Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II issued a statement saying, “confidently” that what happened in Iowa would not occur in Nevada on Feb. 22, the date of its party caucuses.
It took Iowa Democrats about a week to verify and release the results from the caucus. However, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called for a recanvass of some results.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) told the Hill his state is taking precautions to avoid the mistakes that delayed results in Iowa.
“Nevadas got a great program. Weve got some great people that are hired, that are onboard,” Sisolak said in an interview. “Weve got a lot of informational meetings out there. Im confident weve taken every precaution. Weve learned from Iowa, and hopefully, we wont have any of those problems.”
“Were not using an app like they did in Iowa, so hopefully we wont have any problems,” Sisolak said.
The Nevada Independent reported on Feb. 8 that the party would use a computer-based “tool” to gather caucus results, though it is not clear how that will differ from an app.
Democratic volunteer for the Nevada caucus, Seth Morrison is a site leader and told ABC theres very little information about the new “tool” state party leaders plan to use on February 22.