Nevada officials drop plans to use app
The Nevada Democratic Party on Tuesday announced that it will not use the election results app that has been blamed for the delay in results from the Iowa caucuses.
“NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd. We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus,” Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy said in a statement.
“We had already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems, and are currently evaluating the best path forward.”
The announcement comes after the results of the Iowa caucuses, which began on Monday at 8 p.m. EST, have yet to be released amid confusion over the app used to transmit results, triggering uproar from supporters and political pundits. The slow rollout has lead many to question Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status.
Price told campaigns early Tuesday afternoon that presidential campaigns should expect that a “majority” of the caucus results will be released at 5 p.m. EST, a source on the call told The Hill.
Nevada was reportedly going to use an app that was built by Shadow, a tech company affiliated with the Democratic nonprofit group Acronym, for collecting and reporting caucus results. Shadow had also developed the app used in Iowa. According to CNN, Nevada was initially planning to use the same app.
According to state campaign finance records, the Iowa Democratic Party paid Shadow $60,000 over two installments in November and December for “website development.”
The Iowa Democratic Party has not responded to requests for comment from The Hill on the payments.
The Nevada Democratic Party paid $58,000 to Shadow in August for “technology services.”