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Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting

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The problem with the app was blamed on a coding error that has since been fixed.

A coding flaw and lack of sufficient testing of an application to record votes in Monday's Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus could hurt the overall advancement and uptake of online voting.

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The failure of a vote-recording app used in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus may set back online voting.

The app was developed by the vendor Shadow, which created a website for uploading caucus results; the site failed to accurately do so due to "a coding error," according to a statement from the Iowa Democratic Party.

Said Jeremy Epstein of ACM's U.S. Technology Policy Committee, “The Iowa Democratic Party had planned to allow voters to vote in the caucus using their phones; if this sort of meltdown had happened with actual votes, it would have been an actual disaster."

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday it was dropping plans to use the app for its Feb. 22 caucus.

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