DNC Will Recommend Against Virtual Caucus Plans Due To Security Concerns

IOWA, USA - FEBRUARY 1: The sun sets over Ames High School where there are three precincts, two Democrat and one Republican, before voters participate in the 2016 Iowa Caucus in Ames, Iowa, USA on February 1, 2016. T... IOWA, USA - FEBRUARY 1: The sun sets over Ames High School where there are three precincts, two Democrat and one Republican, before voters participate in the 2016 Iowa Caucus in Ames, Iowa, USA on February 1, 2016. Today the citizens of Iowa cast the first official ballots in the 2016 race for the Presidency. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 30, 2019 9:12 a.m.

The Democratic National Committee will recommend that the state plans for virtual, telephone-based caucuses for Iowa and Nevada should be dropped over concerns about election security, the Associated Press reported. 

State parties in Iowa and Nevada planned to allow some caucus-goers to cast votes over the phone in February in lieu of showing up to the meetings. The virtual plans were made to open up caucus voting to more people, but DNC leadership is reportedly concerned that the technology won’t protect against potential hacking.

According to sources with knowledge of the DNC’s decision who spoke to the AP, several presidential campaigns reached out to party leadership with concerns about potential hacking. DNC leadership is also reportedly particularly sensitive to the issue given its servers were hacked by Russian operatives last year.

The decision to offer phone-based voting was developed after the DNC asked the states to open up voting access to people who work evenings or have disabilities that bar them from the regular neighborhood meeting process.

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