Ongoing Disaster: Iowa Dems Make “Minor Correction” To Long-Awaited Caucus Results

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( –  As if the Iowa caucus couldn’t get any worse for the Democrats, it looks like further errors have occurred during the counting process. On Wednesday night, the party announced another “minor correction” made to its already updated results which were inaccurately showing a lead for Pete Buttigieg.

The results of the Democratic Party Iowa caucus were delayed, allegedly because of a glitch in a mobile app used to report results.

On Tuesday, the Iowa Democrats had reported 62% of the results. The data available showed a clear lead for underdog candidate Pete Buttigieg, with veteran socialist Bernie Sanders trailing behind. When the results were updated to reach 75% reporting, the former mayor of South Bend in Indiana saw his lead increase. However, later on Wednesday, Iowa Democrats identified another error in the system and announced via Twitter that there would be a “minor correction” to the latest batch of results.

The next set of results, which brought it up to 85% reporting, gave Buttigieg a lead of a further 0.7% points. However, delegates had been accidentally awarded to candidates Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer.

Following their “minor correction,” it appeared that Bernie Sanders had reduced the Buttigieg lead by 0.4% points. Still, Iowa Democrats do not know who has officially won the vote and the disarray continues.

On Thursday, investigators found that the app used in the Iowa vote was vulnerable to hacking. Despite being used specifically to improve voting transparency, a review by security experts found that the app sends data insecurely. After obtaining a copy of the app, which was called the IowaReporterApp, ProPublica supplied it to security testing experts Veracode.

After examining the software, it was revealed that it had a “lack of safeguards” and that “transmissions to and from the phone were left largely unprotected.”

The findings from Veracode were confirmed by a chief scientist from Censys. J. Alex Halderman, who is also a computer science professor from the University of Michigan, said that the app had an “extremely serious vulnerability.”

Counting in Iowa continues.