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Technology Nevada Democrats to use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track caucus

06:15  14 february  2020
06:15  14 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. The app will be loaded onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the party and distributed to precinct chairs, according to a memo signed by party Executive Director Alana

Nevada Democrats have been frantically revamping their caucus operations since last week when they scrapped plans to use apps developed by Shadow Some security experts, meanwhile, praised the decision to use Google Forms rather than any custom-built tools, saying its safer to rely on large

Nevada's Democratic Party said Thursday it plans to use iPads loaded with survey app Google Forms to calculate voting results in next week's caucuses. The system is an effort to avoid a repeat of the Iowa caucus chaos.

a person using a cell phone: The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. 22. Sarah Tew/CNET© Provided by CNET The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. 22. Sarah Tew/CNET

The app will be loaded onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the party and distributed to precinct chairs, according to a memo signed by party Executive Director Alana Mounce seen by the Associated Press Thursday. Google's app will calculate and submit results electronically, while a second step will rely on submissions also being made by phone.

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Volunteers will use iPads loaded with a PDF of the Nevada voter roll to check in voters who show up to participate in four days of early voting, according to Early vote results will be kept secret until the main caucuses have started on the afternoon of Feb. 22, and any early votes cast will be added to

22 caucuses in Nevada are the next contest in the Democratic race to find a challenger to The state party memo said Nevada early voters will check in with volunteers using a PDF voter roll loaded on They will fill out a form with their unique secretary of state ID numbers, to track participation and

"In choosing the best path forward our guiding principles have been security, efficiency and simplicity," Mounce said in the memo. "We understand just how important it is that we get this right and protect the integrity of Nevadans' votes."

The new process was hastily constructed after use of an app during the Iowa caucus caused confusion that delayed the announcement of a winner in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2020 US presidential election. Many people blame the Iowa Democratic Party for what appears to be a botched rollout of an app on such a big stage.

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Among them was the use of an online Google check-in form designed to help party officials “ track participants and streamline data collection” and The plan comes a week after Nevada Democrats were forced to rip up their caucus plans in the aftermath of Iowa’s disastrous caucus result.

Nevada Democrats will use scannable paper ballots for early voting in their caucuses after problems with an app caused chaos in Iowa. They will fill out a form with their unique secretary of state ID numbers, to track participation and make sure votes are counted in voters' home precincts on

A company called Shadow, which describes itself as a creator of "political power for the progressive movement" was commissioned to build the Iowa caucus app. That state's party chairman, Troy Price, said the problem was a "coding issue" with the system, which caused the app to only report partial data. Price later resigned his position on Wednesday.

a person using a cell phone: The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. 22.© Sarah Tew/CNET

The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. 22.

Nevada's caucuses will be held on Feb. 22.

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Doors closed Saturday for Democrats to caucus in Nevada, with party officials hoping to avert an Iowa-style disaster and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders looking to prove his general election mettle with a strong showing in the most diverse state in Democrats' nominating contest thus far.While polling is notoriously difficult in Nevada, Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden have jockeyed for the lead in the Silver State, with Sanders rising after his team built deep organizing roots in the state -- particularly within the Latino community -- some eight months ago. An entrance poll Saturday showed Sanders with an early lead in the initial preference of caucusgoers.

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