The caucus system has been changed to primary voting in just about every state for Democrats next year for the Presidential nomination….
Using on-line systems (Iowa and Nevada wanted to) in this day and age is just not security wise even though some might think it would get more voters….
Iowa Democrats are more worried that it might lose it’s first in the nation voting attention status actually…
The DNC is particularly sensitive about cyberattacks after Russian operatives hacked into its systems during the 2016 presidential race. FBI officials have repeatedly warned that the 2020 elections are just as vulnerable to similar attacks, including from foreign nations.
It’s unclear just how the caucuses in both Iowa and Nevada will move forward while still fulfilling the DNC-imposed accessibility requirement.
While applying for a waiver to skip compliance with the requirement is an option, Price said he doesn’t foresee Iowa Democrats going that route at the moment. A Democrat close to the process in Nevada expressed more confidence that the party’s proposal to introduce four days of early voting there would fulfill the accessibility requirement, even with the virtual caucusing scrapped.
Meanwhile, numerous campaigns on Friday called on the DNC to stick to its plan that would increase accessibility.
“The DNC has disallowed plans to increase participation in the first-in-the-nation caucus state,” Julián Castro said Friday on Twitter. “I strongly urge the DNC to embrace our party’s values and allow absentee voting, either through a virtual caucus, mail-in, or early voting process.”
Privately, however, aides with several campaigns said they are breathing a sigh of relief. The virtual setup introduced a new counting and reporting system, injecting an element of the unknown into the already complicated caucus process that could have muddied a clear narrative coming out of Iowa next year, the aides said.
Iowa Democrats vowed on Friday that the ruling by the DNC would not jeopardize Iowa’s status as the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
“Just know this: On Feb. 3, 2020, caucuses will take place in this state. Iowa will be first,” Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said during a news conference.
“I am confident that we will find something that will expand accessibility in that process,” Price said. “I’m not going to speculate on what those alternatives are.”
Price said he spoke on Friday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez, who gave him personal assurances that the ruling would not imperil Iowa’s place on the 2020 calendar.
“The chairman has assured us that we will be first,” Price said. “We will be a caucus and we will be first.”…