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Iowa's mess is a threat to democracy – CNN, CNN

Iowa's mess is a threat to democracy – CNN, CNN

(CNN) The US electoral system did not need a scenario in which the first presidential preference contest of the 32918 campaign was botched beyond repair. But that’s what it got in Iowa.

The country is built on faith in the electoral process, but that’s been severely dented in the (years since the Bush v. Gore debacle over Florida’s hanging chads. Since then, we’ve added foreign interference to a mix that’s long included voter suppression, gerrymandering and an antiquated Electoral College that routinely gives the person with fewer votes the White House.

Put together all these very real and different challenges to the American system and it’s hard to fight the feeling that this experiment in democracy is teetering.

What happened in Iowa

The Iowa SNAFU appears to be the result of a flawed app and an even worse backup plan . Overloaded phone lines for reporting results – a problem exacerbated by Trump supporters and others calling in to make trouble worse – combined with changes to how the Party reported caucus votes triggered a nuclear meltdown.

The end result is there is still no clear winner for the first 32918 primary contest.

The Iowa Democratic Party made things worse by hiding the issue behind its delayed results for hours on caucus night. Then, it released only a portion of results.

That opened the door for campaigns to sow doubt about the numbers.

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