Bernie Sanders’ campaign asks for ‘part’ recanvass’ of chaotic Iowa vote

epa08209551 People attend a campaign rally for US Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders at Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA 08 February 2020. The first in the Nation Primary is to be held in New Hampshire on 11 February 2020. EPA-EFE/KATHERINE TAYLOR

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Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has asked for a “partial recanvass” of the results from last week’s chaotic Iowa caucuses.

The Sanders campaign is requesting a recanvass of 25 precincts and three satellite caucuses, which it argues have errors in counting. If the errors exist, the campaign says it will pick up one more national delegate and tip the balance of the race in Sanders’ favor.

A recanvass is not a recount, but a check of the vote count against paper records to ensure the counts were reported accurately.

“While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don’t expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus,” Bernie 2020 senior adviser Jeff Weaver said. “Our volunteers and supporters worked too hard, and too many people participated for the first time, to have the results depend on calculations that even the party admits are incorrect.”

Weaver added: “Once the recanvass and a subsequent recount are completed in these precincts, we feel confident we will be awarded the extra national delegate our volunteers and grassroots donors earned.”

The Guardian reports Technical issues have plagued the caucuses. Use of an app used by party volunteers to report results and jammed phone lines set up for the same purpose meant the Iowa Democratic party failed to release any results to the public until nearly a day after the event. Behind the scenes, party volunteers reported inconsistencies in the complicated maths used by caucus volunteers to calculate the outcome of each individual caucus.

To confirm the validity of the data they received, Iowa Democratic party officials spent much of the week collecting paper records of the results and checking them against the numbers reported by volunteers.

While the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) on Sunday released updated results showing former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg leading Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted, the Associated Press says it is still unable to declare a winner because the wire service believes the results may not be fully accurate and are still subject to potential revision.

Fox News  / The Guardian

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