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DNC blocks virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada

Committee cites cybersecurity concerns as reason not to go forward with plan

The Democratic National Committee formally decided Friday not to move forward with virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada amid cybersecurity concerns.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee agreed by voice vote to adopt the recommendation from DNC Chairman Tom Perez that the virtual caucuses should not take place since they would not be secure or reliable. Both states had devised plans to allow people to participate in the caucuses by phone to fulfill a DNC requirement that states provide an absentee voting option.

The virtual caucus had been an effort to expand access to the caucus process as Democrats choose their nominee to take on President Donald Trump. While Nevada had developed an early voting option which could satisfy the absentee voting requirement, Iowans on the committee’s call Friday said they were working to develop a new plan.


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