Nevada Democrats won’t use any apps to report caucus results

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Yasmina Chavez

Volunteers Diane Southworth, left, Becky Sutterfield, center, and Kathi Smith, right, train for the Democratic caucuses in Pahrump on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 (11:28 a.m.)

The Nevada Democratic Party won’t use any apps to report results from the upcoming caucuses, after problems with an app resulted in a several-day delay getting final results in Iowa.

Nevada Democrats had already announced they would not use an app developed by Shadow Inc., the tech firm that designed the Iowa app. The party paid more than $50,000 to Shadow last year, according to filings with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.

Molly Forgey, a spokeswoman for the Nevada party, said no apps will be used at any stage of the process, including in early voting, which is available for the first time this year.

The full results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses were finally reported on Thursday. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg led the field, with Buttigieg winning 13 delegates and Sanders winning 12.

Shadow released a statement on Twitter during the delay, apologizing for the errors but stressing the underlying data was correct.

“As the Iowa Democratic Party has confirmed, the underlying data and collection process via Shadow’s mobile caucus app was sound and accurate, but our process to transmit that caucus results data generated via the app to the Iowa Democratic Party was not,” the company tweeted from its official account.

Nevada's Democratic caucuses will be held on Feb. 22, with early voting beginning Feb. 15.

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