A Smarter Election 2016. Last Night Essay

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A Smarter Election in 2016 Last night, the citizens of Iowa came out in record numbers to participate in the quirky, uniquely American Iowa Caucus, which kicks off the presidential nomination process. A complicated voting process that differs by party,—Republicans use a secret ballot while Democrats show support based on their location in the room—the Caucus has seen its share of vote counting errors. Most recently, in 2012, Mitt Romney was declared the initial winner when in fact Rick Santorum had won by mere 34 votes; a finding that took two weeks to determine and release publicly. This error afforded Romney a host of political benefits, including increased publicity and fundraising that he might not have otherwise received. Perhaps more vexing, however, was the fact that vote from eight of the state’s 1,774 precincts were lost in the process. While a small proportion of the total number of votes cast, this incident generated concern among many participants, causing them to question the legitimacy of the political process, in which all voters expect to have an equal voice in the process. Elections, if only due to their colossal size, are difficult to measure. The 2000 presidential election Florida recount exemplifies the issues associated with vote counting and the often unsuccessful implementation of technology to remedy a centuries old process. Technology in the election process is often accompanied by great skepticism, and blunders are not uncommon—see Mitt Romney’s
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