In a statement released Saturday, the Iowa Democratic Party said it is “reviewing reports of 95 precincts” and that any resulting corrections will be announced before Monday at 12pm CST.
Concerns are mounting over the IDP plan which could see the release of new official results less than 24 hours before voters head to the polls in the New Hampshire primary.
The curious timing all but guarantees a fresh wave of Iowa news headlines will wash over the minds of Granite State voters right at their moment of decision, effectively removing the traditional week-long buffer between the two states and potentially causing unforseen results.
“Today the Iowa Democratic Party announced it is reviewing reports of 95 precincts – 5% of the 1,765 precincts across Iowa, the nation, and overseas,” the IDP said in a statement. “The IDP has initiated the process of review of the requested precincts, and any corrections will be released before Monday at 12pm CST in a single update – reported prior to the allocation of national delegates.”
Considering the damage that has already been done by the failed Democrat caucus, the IDP should consider waiting until after New Hampshire's polls have closed on Tuesday to allocate Iowa's national delegates. This would help prevent fresh news headlines stemming from a now obviously defunct process from affecting the decision of even one New Hampsire voter.
For more updates on the Iowa Caucus process, watch Friday's press conference with Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price below.
With reports from 100% of the precincts in, we are taking steps to ensure the accuracy of the results.— Troy Price (@troymprice) February 7, 2020
An independent investigation of what happened is necessary once we finalize the results.@iowademocrats are committed to earning your trust and electing Democrats in Nov. pic.twitter.com/7WujXApL01
From IDP Chair @troymprice:— Iowa Democrats (@iowademocrats) February 6, 2020
"While I fully acknowledge the reporting circumstances on Monday night were unacceptable, we owe it to the thousands of Iowa Democratic volunteers and caucusgoers to remain focused on collecting and reviewing incoming results." https://t.co/Xog0CDZa7A