My God, this little tidbit from a story in Politico about the Nevada Caucus is the opposite of hallelujah (not linking to Politico, read it via LGM):
Party officials scrambled to streamline their vote reporting system — settling on Google forms accessible through a saved link on the iPads — after scrapping a pair of apps they’d been planning to use until a similar app caused the fiasco in Iowa two weeks ago.
Again, any process that runs once every four years is really hard to test, and therefore a major technological and human factors challenge. Add to that the fact that it is a new process that someone dreamed up in a couple of weeks, which has to be executed by harried, poorly trained volunteers, and you have a failure waiting to happen. At least they’re using iPads that they control, and Google Forms probably won’t shit the bed on caucus night, but other than that, Titanic II.
Some kind of verified (multiply witnessed) paper record, along with a process to call the results in to a phone bank, and a pre-stamped envelope to send that record to the party via certified/registered/whatever mail, is the right technology for a caucus. But that just avoids the obvious fact that the right solution for picking a candidate of a party is a fucking primary election.