App behind Democratic Iowa caucus debacle was so rushed it lacked Apple App Store approval

The now infamous app behind Democratic Iowa caucus debacle was so rushed that there was no time to get it approved by Apple for inclusion in the App Store. Therefore, the app had to be downloaded by bypassing a phone’s security settings, a complicated process for anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of mobile operating systems, much less many of “the older, less tech-savvy caucus chairs in Iowa,” as The New York Times describes them.

By caucus night, when it was time to put the app to use, only one-quarter of the 1,700 precinct chairs successfully downloaded and installed the app, according to a Democratic consultant who spoke to the NYT about the Iowa caucus debacle on the condition of anonymity.

Matthew Rosenberg, Nick Corasaniti, Sheera Frenkel, and Nicole Perlroth for The New York Times:

Iowa caucus fiascoThe faulty smartphone app behind the chaotic aftermath of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses was the work of a little-known company called Shadow Inc. that was founded by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, and whose previous work was marked by a string of failures, including a near bankruptcy…

Given less than two months to build an app for reporting caucus results to the Iowa Democratic Party, Shadow produced technology that proved difficult to download and use and ended up delivering incorrect tallies. Iowa’s Democrats blamed a “coding issue” in the app, and the party said it would resort to a time-consuming manual tally based on information called in by precinct chairs or pictures sent on their smartphones — the same ones on which they could not make the app work.

With the wait on results dragging into Tuesday evening, many in the party began dissecting what turned the Democrats’ first contest of the 2020 election into a chaotic display, starting with Shadow, and its main backer, Acronym, a progressive nonprofit that is focused on helping Democrats regain their digital edge.

Founded in 2017, Acronym quickly became a darling of the Democratic donor class with its talk of restoring the digital advantage that the party had enjoyed under President Barack Obama, and that it was seen to have lost in Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. David Plouffe, the well-connected former Obama campaign manager, joined Acronym’s board… Months earlier, it also quietly invested millions of dollars in a nearly bankrupt company called Groundbase, a tech firm that renamed itself Shadow soon after.

The firm had been founded by a pair of Clinton campaign veterans, Gerard Niemira and Krista Davis… Two people who work for Acronym, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to risk their jobs, acknowledged that the app had problems. It was so rushed, they said, that there was no time to get it approved by the Apple store. Had it been, it might have proved far easier for users to install.

MacDailyNews Take: To call this a clusterfsck in a clown car is an insult to clown car clusterfscks.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

22 Comments

  1. Gee, two hours in and still no posts from Applecynic explaining how this is somehow the fault of Apple’s closed garden approach. Going through App Store vetting might not have avoided this embarrassment, but we will never know because the developers sidestepped the process.

    1. Funny you should say that. I actually do not and cannot blame Apple on this one. Which is as it should be.

      I don’t want them as my arbiter. Or my sole arbiter, at least.
      I patently reject any expectation of quality as an excuse for censorship. If here were other stores there could not be censorship, one would have choice.

      Or do you only eat at one restaurant, and impose the same upon others, for fear of dysentery?

      1. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but it’s probably gonna come across that way because: internet.

        If you want other app stores, the MAJORITY of phones run android and have a choice of app stores.

        You do have a choice and I sincerely respect people who say, you know what, fuck Apple, the Galaxy is a pretty great phone.

  2. Why did they have only two months?
    What was the plan before Shadow was brought in?

    Knowing the answer to those two questions tells me too many knee-jerks with very little vision are in charge UNLESS the “Party” realized Bernie was riding a wave and could not be allowed to win so they made this shitware to kneecap him.

    So why did Mayor Buttigieg pull ahead (sorry….)? Because the “Party” is done with Joe Biden. His usefulness is over since the impeachment fizzled (like everything else the “Party” has concocted). He can’t beat Trump anymore than the Mayor, the Native, the Bitch or especially the Commie.

    However, the Commie can’t be allowed to get a head of steam, so they passed the torch to the Mayor temporarily while the Billionaire buys his anointment.

    So is THIS the plan? I wish, but me thinks the Billionaire is just a Perot spoiler looking to open a fast lane for someone else.

    Hmmm….wonder who the Hill THAT could be…?

    1. I got it! You think that Kenyan hackers, paid by Obama conspired with the Dems to knock out Biden so that Trump wins when in reality a commode should be able to do it.

    2. Yes, I think the Shadow Inc. app was coded to fail as intended which is likely why its Clinton alums did not have Apple examine it; Apple would have found the cheater code used to not count votes for Bernie.

  3. “The now infamous app behind Democratic Iowa caucus debacle was so rushed that there was no time to get it approved by Apple for inclusion in the App Store.”

    So the developers gamed the system like so many swamp Washington insiders last minute, although they were aware of the Iowa’s caucus over three years ago. Great work, not!

    “By caucus night, when it was time to put the app to use, only one-quarter of the 1,700 precinct chairs successfully downloaded and installed the app”

    Noted the supreme incompetence of the Democrat Party in Iowa.

    “The faulty smartphone app behind the chaotic aftermath of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses was the work of a little-known company called Shadow Inc. that was founded by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign”

    Now we are getting to the truth. Could it be Clinton’s hand is STILL influencing the choice of the Democrat Party nomination three years after her and inside cohorts in the DNC rigged the results throwing Bernie under the bus? The Clintons are SHAMELESS grifters for power and money and both should have done time to temper their arrogance.

    “many in the party began dissecting what turned the Democrats’ first contest of the 2020 election into a chaotic display, starting with Shadow, and its main backer, Acronym

    David Plouffe, the well-connected former Obama campaign manager, joined Acronym’s board… Months earlier, it also quietly invested millions of dollars in a nearly bankrupt company called Groundbase, a tech firm that renamed itself Shadow soon after

    The firm had been founded by a pair of Clinton campaign veterans, Gerard Niemira and Krista Davis… Two people who work for Acronym, speaking on the condition of anonymity”

    With all the influential wealthy firepower of insider Democrat Party swamp players, the incompetence of everyone involved will NOT be forgotten and no way, are these clowns FIT to run the country.

    AMEN, MDN take… 👍🏻🇺🇸

    1. Iowa’s Hillary NeoLib alums rushed to develop and deploy the Shadow Inc. cheater app to undermine the unexpected and surprising rise of Sander’s message, whereas the anti-Sanders MSM convinced them at the beginning of this campaign that Bernie had no chance.

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