Nevada Democrats to utilize iPads packed with Google Forms to track caucus

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The Nevada Democratic Party will utilize iPads packed with Google Forms to arrange and report ballot outcomes throughout its caucus on Feb. 22.


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This story becomes part of Elections 2020, CNET’s protection of the run-up to ballot in November.

Nevada’s Democratic Party stated Thursday it prepares to utilize iPads packed with study app Google Forms to compute ballot lead to next week’s caucuses. The system is an effort to prevent a repeat of the Iowa caucus mayhem.

The app will be packed onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the celebration and dispersed to precinct chairs, according to a memo signed by celebration Executive Director Alana Mounce seen by the Associated Press Thursday. Google’s app will compute and send outcomes digitally, while a 2nd action will depend on submissions likewise being made by phone.

“In choosing the best path forward our guiding principles have been security, efficiency and simplicity,” Mounce stated in the memo. “We understand just how important it is that we get this right and protect the integrity of Nevadans’ votes.”

The brand-new procedure was quickly built after usage of an app throughout the Iowa caucus triggered confusion that postponed the statement of a winner in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus, the very first nominating contest of the 2020 United States governmental election. Many individuals blame the Iowa Democratic Party for what seems a messed up rollout of an app on such a huge phase.

A business called Shadow, which explains itself as a developer of “political power for the progressive movement” was commissioned to construct the Iowa caucus app. That state’s celebration chairman, Troy Price, stated the issue was a “coding issue” with the system, which triggered the app to just report partial information. Price resigned his position later Wednesday.

Nevada’s caucuses will be hung on Feb. 22.

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