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How the Iowa Caucuses were Rigged

Jul 14, 2016

incompetent caucus organizers

The argument that these recounts were meant to “humiliate” Clinton attenders is ridiculous, but the poster raises a good point. The recounts were meant to get a fair count–one delegate was at stake, and one delegate mattered a lot in this election. In addition to the many problems with the caucus, the Johnson County Democrats were just incompetent at counting the votes. The precinct chair tried his best, but he was overwhelmed. Imagine if Jimmy Carter had been a caucus observer, reporting back to the Carter Center in Atlanta ; he would have to report that the organizers of the Johnson County caucuses were incompetent, unable to to organize a a caucus where the votes are even counted correctly.

How the Iowa Caucuses were Rigged

Jul 14, 2016

one person one vote in the Iowa caucuses

The essential point is not whether one system hurts one candidate more than another. The point is that each caucus attender should have equal weight in producing the result. “Delegate equivalent” reports should reflect, proportionally, the percentage of attenders for each viable candidate. It worked against Sanders this time, but it could work against someone else next time. Almost all caucus attenders assumed that their attendance would have equal weight with other caucus attenders around the state. That was not true, a point no one denies who is aware of it. The principle of “one person, one vote” should apply even when the votes are being cast for delegates. There is no reason why the Iowa Democratic Party can’t come up with caucus math that is fair, rather than unfair.

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