Voting Changes May Come To Iowa Caucus
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
April 18, 2012 8:51 PM
The Iowa Caucus is the first of many trials and contests a politician must go through to win a parties nomination.
For as fast as votes are taken and counted, the way Iowans vote in caucuses is basic.
A pen and scrap of paper is all they need to have their voice heard. But, now Iowa republicans say they plan to overhaul the tabulation process.
“This one wasn't really flawed, per say. What had happened is there were two precincts that didn’t get their ballots turned in,” said Cody Hoefert the Lyon County Republican Chair.
The caucus originally declared Mitt Romney as the winner by 8 votes. But, after a recount, the votes showed Rick Santorum was the winner.
Iowa republicans won't announce changes until this summer. Hoefert says officials will often review the caucus that took place.
“It's not unusual after the process occurs to review the process and ensure that it is done in the best way possible. So, that we can avoid any errors or mistakes in the future,” said Hoefert.
More than a week after Rick Santorum pulled out of the race for the republican nomination campaign signs still linger in Rock Rapids, Iowa. A place the candidate visited two days before the caucus.
“Well, I think that there's a lot of people that are disappointed that he has decided to discontinue the race for the nomination. But, people understand that there's a lot of factors that are involved in that,” said Hoefert.
A caucus won by Santorum may see some changes. As republican officials in Iowa look to make sure their results are swift and accurate.