What we know (and don’t know) about the Nevada caucus “tool”

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Here we go again!

Fresh off the unmitigated (and still unfolding) disaster that was the Iowa Democratic caucuses, Nevada will soon kick off caucuses of its own. After understandably scrapping its plans to use an app made by Shadow Inc., the company behind Iowa’s fated caucus app, the Nevada State Democratic Party is now scrambling to come up with a solution before the early voting period begins on February 15.

Exactly what that solution might be remains a mystery to the greater public. Multiple reports say the party is planning to use what it calls an iPad “tool,” …

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The magic number to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president is 1,990 delegates. It could take months to officially get there.

Presidential candidates are all competing for a majority of 3,979 pledged delegates. Separately, there are also 771 automatic delegates, otherwise known as “superdelegates.” But after a contentious 2016 primary, the Democratic National Committee changed its rules around superdelegates so they may now vote on the first ballot to select a nominee at the Democratic National Convention only if a campaign has secured a supermajority of pledged delegates. (Otherwise, they weigh in in the event of a second round …

How the Nevada Democratic caucuses will work

With New Hampshire’s primary voting now complete, the next contest for the Democratic presidential contenders will be the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, February 22, at noon Pacific time.

But will these caucuses turn out to be a disaster like Iowa’s did?

Already, Nevada Democrats have abandoned plans to use Shadow Inc., the vendor for a vote-reporting app that performed so poorly in Iowa. They need a plan B, and we don’t yet know very much about what it will be.

Beyond the tech support challenges, they’ll face a similar underlying issue that plagued Iowa: They have to report three …