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Wow the Iowa caucuses are wild. Explain them to any non-USian and they'll think you're full of shit!

You all get together in church basements and community halls and stand in groups based on who you support, and take head counts and argue amongst each other about what groups people should move to if their candidate isn't "valid" (popular) enough?

Basically add whiskey and a shillelagh or two and you'd have 19th century colonial era elections in Canada!

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@msh I love how they added this app (that doesn't work), not to actually tally the votes and not have to deal with headcounts, but just to report those headcounts to the DNC Iowa headquarters.

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@ink_slinger @msh

Seems like a phone call could have sufficed.

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@TheGibson

that was part of the fuck-up: had precinct heads on extended hold apparently because the app was supposed to handle it so they underprovisioned?

@ink_slinger @msh

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@dude @ink_slinger @msh

Oh, I know they were... it’s an asinine choice.

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@thegibson hell of a way to start the primary season. This time around may top 2016 @ink_slinger @msh

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@dude @msh @thegibson First they told them to call in, because the app didn't work. Then they refused them? Gong show...

My favourite moment, though, was when some guy on hold to give his results and was talking to CNN on another phone. The DNC folks finally answered his call while he was on with CNN and he wasted so much time saying, "Hey, Wolf, they just picked up!" that the DNC people hung up on him because he wasn't answering them. And then, on live TV, "They hung up on me."

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@ink_slinger oh damn. This is seriously clownshoes level incompetence. Not a good way to come back the election after they got caught fixing things for hillary. @msh @thegibson

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@ink_slinger and this brings up even more questions.

Like, basically it could have been a simple web form behind some authentication...such a thing could have been created and deployed in a single day, even including 2FA. Why was this app so much trouble?

Electronic voting is one thing but this is just reporting caucus results not running the vote itself, which isn't even a formal secret ballot process anyways, so WTF was the deal with this app? And...no proper backup plan SMH.

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@msh Cell phone apps are shiny and everyone has a cell phone, I suppose. But I completely agree with you.

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