Des Moines Register editorial calls for audit of Monday’s Democratic caucus results
The largest newspaper in Iowa, the Des Moines Register, today called for an audit of the Democratic caucus results in which Hillary Clinton won a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders.
“Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips,” the paper said in an editorial published on its website late last night for today’s print edition.
The paper gives two reasons an audit should be done of the results: the results were simply too close not to do an audit, and there have been questions about inaccuracies.
“Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos,” the paper’s editorial board said.
Meanwhile, the two Democratic candidates are preparing for a debate tonight in New Hampshire, while back in Iowa officials are sticking to their call.
“The answer is that we had all three camps in the tabulation room last night to address any grievances brought forward and we went over any discrepancies. These are the final results,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire told the Register.