Nevada Dem Caucus Will Use Paper Ballots For Early Voting After Abandoning App

Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman and Nevada State Assemblyman William McCurdy II (D) speaks at the NDP’s election results watch party at Caesars Palace on November 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Etha... Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman and Nevada State Assemblyman William McCurdy II (D) speaks at the NDP’s election results watch party at Caesars Palace on November 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 11, 2020 10:52 a.m.

The Nevada Democratic Party (NDP) will use paper ballots for early voting in its caucuses after Iowa Democrats’ attempt to use a specialized caucus data-gathering app crashed and burned last week.

According to a memo published by the Nevada Independent on Tuesday, the early voter will check in using Google Forms on an iPad (and a paper voter card as a backup) at a voting site in their county, then they will fill out a paper ballot that will be scanned at the end of each day to be counted with the results of their precinct’s caucus on Feb 22.

The Google Form will have a URL that will be protected by “a series of security mechanisms,” in the Independent’s words, to prevent hacking.

NDP chair William McCurdy II already promised last week that the party would not use the same glitchy app, created by Shadow Inc., on Caucus Day that Iowa had used.

“NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on Feb. 22,” McCurdy said in a statement.

Nevada’s four-day early voting period begins this Saturday and ends on Feb. 18.

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