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UPDATE: Iowa caucus confusion raising Nevada voting concerns

Posted at 6:25 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 14:36:52-05

UPDATE 9:15 A.M.: The Nevada Democratic Party says it will not use the same app or vendor for the Nevada caucuses that was used in Iowa on Monday night, meanwhile online records show an unknown "technology services" payment from NV Dems was made to the vendor that is reportedly behind the app.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Shadow Inc. is the company behind the mobile app that appears to have caused problems during the Iowa caucus.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the Nevada Democratic Party paid Shadow Inc. $58,000 on Aug. 27 for "Technology Services." It remains unclear what those services are.

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Screen capture from the Federal Election Commission website, fec.gov.

In a statement sent to the media on Tuesday morning, Nevada Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II said:

NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd. We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus. We had already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems, and are currently evaluating the best path forward.

Shadow Inc. is listed as a Washington D.C. based company by the FEC.

A reported affiliate of Shadow Inc., nonprofit political strategy firm ACRONYM, distanced themselves from Shadow Inc. in a statement from spokesman Kyle Tharp late Monday night, saying the company is only an investor in Shadow Inc. and it has "not provided any technology to the Iowa Democratic Party, Presidential campaigns, or the Democratic National Committee."

Tharp went on to say:

ACRONYM is an investor in several for-profit companies across the progressive media and technology sectors. One of those independent, for-profit companies is Shadow, Inc, which also has other private investors.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Results from the first caucus of the 2020 primary election season on Monday were significantly delayed after caucus managers found it difficult to report results from locations across the state using an app based reporting system.

A similar version of the app will soon to be used in Nevada.

Early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Democratic Party said the caucus delay was due to a "coding issue" that has been fixed, and it plans to release results later in the day.


According to the New York Times, the Iowa app "was not tested at a statewide scale" and was implemented into the process over the course of two months after the party decided to scrap telephone caucus plans in September.

13 Action News has reached out to NV Dems for clarification on what the $58,000 payment to Shadow Inc. is for, check back for updates.