The Iowa caucus was a disaster. The Iowa Democratic Party failed to announce the winner of the state's February 3 Democratic caucus thanks to what it called a "coding issue" in an app it planned to use to tabulate the results. The "Shadow" app was supposed to allow caucus organizers to send voting results directly back to the DNC. The app, however, crashed repeatedly throughout the night. Multiple county chairs said they struggled to use the app and were put on hold for up to an hour when they called a phone hotline the party has used for decades, according to the Times.
The history of Shadow is unclear and somewhat obscure. Many of the people involved with the app, including it's co-founders Gerard Niemira and Krista Davis, worked on the tech team of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Buttigieg’s campaign, Pete for America, Inc., paid Shadow $42,500 for "software rights and subscriptions." The presidential campaigns for former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has since dropped out of the race, also reported paying Shadow for services in 2019. Shadow was acquired by a company called Acronym just this year. Acronym's founder and CEO,Tara McGowan, who worked on Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, has publicly voiced support for Buttigieg. Some on social media started to speculate vote rigging due to Buttigieg's connections to Shawdow and his announcement of victory before any votes had been counted.
Just like in 2016, it's true that the cards are stacked against Bernie Sanders. The DNC is up to their same dirty tricks to stop Bernie Sanders and the wave of progressive change he represents. But that's no reason for us to stay home. We can't let them:
- discourage us from voting
- discourage us from campaigning
- discourage us from showing up in record numbers
If we do this, they win by default. If we continue to push, it makes it harder for them to hide their dirty dealing and helps expose them for the cheaters they are.
The DNC wouldn't be cheating if they had a path to victory. It is clear they are afraid of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. We are a real force to be reckoned with.