If you need further proof that the Iowa Democratic Caucus was a total sham here you go:
In Woodbury County Precinct No. 43, Keane Schwartz voted for Bernie Sanders.
This is only interesting because Keane was the only Democratic voter in that precinct. So when he placed his ballot, that effectively means that precinct was won by the Vermont Senator, right?
Wrong. When the final results came in, lo and behold, Woodbury County’s Precinct No. 43 went for Hillary Clinton – giving her that precinct’s sole county delegate, The Des Moines Register is reporting.
“I voted for Bernie,” Schwarz, 36, of Oto, told The Des Moines Register. “It was really suspicious … I’m actually pretty irate about it.”
He should be. But he’s not alone. Many other have told the paper there were discrepancies across the state. Some of it has to do with the confusing math involved in determining the delegate allocation, other discrepancies are simply voter fraud.
Sanders’ backers are more likely than Clinton’s to think the political system is rigged, polling has found. So it might not come as a surprise, especially since he lost by a hairsbreadth, that some think the Democratic caucus system is rigged. It also doesn’t help the optics that the state party chairwoman drove around for years in a car with “HRC2016” license plates.
Several caucus goers told the Register they thought Sanders had been shorted county delegates, including in Knoxville No. 3.
At that precinct, 110 people voted. The final count was 58 votes for Bernie and 52 for Hillary – but it was recorded as a Hillary win. She got five delegates and Sanders got four.
Steve Eck, who was Clinton’s precinct captain for Knoxville No. 3, confirmed: “Somebody transposed those numbers.”
Eck, a 61-year-old nurse anesthesiologist, said the problem was reported to party officials.
So far, state party officials haven’t commented much. They’re apparently still reviewing the final numbers.
Another problem? Precincts where Bernie clearly won were called a “tie.”
For example, the final count in Ankeny No. 12 was 148 people for Sanders and 128 people for Clinton, caucusgoer Tucker Melssen told the Register. The precinct had been awarded eight county delegates.
Clinton and Sanders each got four county delegates, the official party records show. Melssen wondered if that’s an error: Shouldn’t Sanders have gotten at least one more than Clinton?
No, state party officials said. The math worked out to Sanders getting 4.29 county delegates and Clinton 3.7. With the rounding rules, each received four. Sanders couldn’t receive 0.29 of a delegate because Democrats were electing real people to be delegates at their county convention.
Some of this can clearly be chalked up to the party chairwoman. Andrea McGuire is a long-time Hillary supporter. She’s shot down repeated calls to review vote tallies despite clear evidence of voter fraud.
A fish rots from the head down.