Nevada Democrats will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track the caucus

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The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report the results of the vote during its caucus on February 22.

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The Nevada Democratic Party said Thursday it plans to use iPads loaded with the Google Forms survey application to calculate voting results on committees next week. The system is an effort to avoid a repetition of the chaos of the Iowa caucus.

The application will be loaded on 2,000 iPads purchased by the party and distributed to the presidents of the precincts, according to a memorandum signed by the party's executive director, Alana Mounce, seen by the Associated Press on Thursday. The Google application will calculate and send the results electronically, while a second step will depend on the presentations that are also made over the phone.

"By choosing the best way forward, our guiding principles have been safety, efficiency and simplicity," Mounce said in the memo. "We understand how important it is that we do this well and protect the integrity of the Nevadans' votes."

The new process was built hastily after the use of an application during the Iowa caucus caused confusion that delayed the announcement of a winner in the Iowa caucus on February 3, the first US presidential election nomination contest. UU. From 2020. Many people blame the Iowa Democratic Party for what appears to be a failed launch of an application on such a large stage.

A company called Shadow, which describes itself as the creator of the "political power for the progressive movement," was commissioned to create the Iowa caucus application. The president of that state's party, Troy Price, said the problem It was a "coding problem" with the system, which caused the application to report only partial data. Price later resigned on Wednesday.

Nevada assemblies will be held on February 22.

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