After a whisper-thin count left doubts about which Democratic candidate actually won the Iowa caucuses, there are fresh calls for the party to mirror the simple, secret-ballot method that Iowa Republicans use. “It’s worth discussing again, but it’s not as simple as it sounds,” said Norm Sterzenbach, a former Iowa Democratic Party executive director who, after five election cycles, is an expert on the nuts and bolts of the caucuses. Why are Democratic insiders so reluctant to update a voting system panned this week by national political observers as archaic and nonsensical? They blame New Hampshire, the state Iowa party leaders have worked with for decades to make sure Iowa retains the first-in-the-nation caucuses and New Hampshire the first primary.
“We can’t change our process without running the risk of endangering our relationship with New Hampshire,” said Dave Nagle, a former Democratic Party chairman whose mission for years was to ensure Iowa maintains its pole position in the nation’s presidential voting.
Would the guard dog of New Hampshire’s first-primary status, elections chief Bill Gardner, object if Iowa Democrats echo the way Iowa Republicans hold their caucuses?
In an interview with The Des Moines Register on Friday, Gardner declined to give a definitive answer. But he didn’t shut the door on the idea.
Full Article: Uproar could lead to revamping Democratic caucuses.