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DES MOINES — This morning, Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Chair Troy Price released some information about an investigation done regarding the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Last night, more than 1,600 precinct caucuses gathered across the state of Iowa and at satellite caucuses around the world.

The many volunteers running caucus sites, new voters registering as Democrats, and neighbors talking to each other about the future of our country demonstrated the strength of our party, Price said.

 “We have every indication that our systems were secure and there was not a cyber security intrusion," said Price. "In preparation for the caucuses, our systems were tested by independent cyber security consultants."  

He continued that when the caucus results started coming in, the IDP ran them through an accuracy and quality check. It became clear that there were inconsistencies with the reports.

And the underlying cause of these inconsistencies was not immediately clear, and required investigation, which took time. 

“As this investigation unfolded, IDP staff activated pre-planned backup measures and entered data manually," said Price. "This took longer than expected."

 As part of the investigation, it was determined with certainty that the underlying data collected via the app was sound.

While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data.

"We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system," said Price. "This issue was identified and fixed. The application’s reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately."

Because of the required paper documentation, we have been able to verify that the data recorded in the app and used to calculate State Delegate Equivalents is valid and accurate, Price added.

Precinct level results are still being reported to the IDP. 

"While our plan is to release results as soon as possible today, our ultimate goal is to ensure that the integrity and accuracy of the process continues to be upheld,” Price commented.