Last week, the Iowa Democratic Party experienced multiple days of panic for the due to technology failure in the polling system that caused dismay for the candidates and the 171,000 voting participants. The scare was due to the failure of a mobile application that was tracking the election results.
In turn, this created controversy around the final voting counts as the committee was forced to use rudimentary ways to calculate votes. The delayed results caused distrust within the Iowa communities as election tampering theories started stirring. The biggest security lesson from last week’s Iowa caucuses: unproven voting technology can not only cause distrust amongst patrons, but also provides opportunity for future cyber attacks.
Per reports, the tech utilized for the caucus was not battled test enough and ultimately was rushed in order to make an appearance. Getting this right is imperative for the success of digital balloting.
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