Chaotic and disastrous.
It is the two words, which is at the front of the mouth in the U.S.-analyst Mirco Reimer-Elster, after the Democrats on Monday night to Tuesday have held the first vælgermøde in Iowa ahead of the autumn presidential elections in the UNITED states.
- We are witness to an election in which there will soon be gone half a day, in the absence of a result, he says.
It was expected that the results from Iowa will be ready a few hours after the polls closed.
But technical problems have delayed the process, and while the Democrats are waiting for a result, several of the candidates traveled on to New Hampshire. The next primaries take place 11. February.
- We don't know yet, when there is a result, we do not know who has won. At the same time some candidates have been out and claim that they have won. We have no way to verify it, says Mirco Reimer-Elster and adds:
- It is ulandslignende conditions in a country that should be able to handle it much better than what we have witnessed in Iowa.
the FACTS: How it works the Democratic elections in Iowa
the Electoral system in Iowa differs from that of the primaries in most other states and is called a caucus, which in English is known as the vælgermøder.
Here you can read more about how the electoral system works:
* It is different from state to state, how the two major parties - the Democrats and the Republicans - organize their choice of presidential candidates.
* In most of the states held primaries. It is the general election, where voters show up and secretly puts a cross on a ballot paper at their desired candidate.
* In Iowa and a handful of other states are held in the caucus.
* the Caucus is a sort of informal vælgermødeafstemninger. Here to meet party members in private homes, in schools, in churches or in meeting houses open to benefits after, which candidate they support.
* in Some places, discusses how the agreement is reached, while in other places only talk about that one meets up and votes. The stemmeafgivelsen takes place either by ballot or by physical counting of the supports.
* in Order to participate in a caucus in Iowa must be registered as a democratic or republican choose.
* If a candidate can't muster support from 15 percent of the attendees, it is the candidate's support is free to move over and support another candidate. The process can be in a few hours.
* the Results from the vælgermøderne assembled and translated into the final score for Iowa.
* this year there will be not only published the final results of the vælgermøderne in Iowa. Published also, which candidate got the most support in the first blow. At the same time published it, how voters have moved along the way.
* Iowa is a little more than three times larger than Denmark and who reside three million people in the state.
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the Judgment of the professor in the Department of Political science at the University of Copenhagen, denmark Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard is less fierce. He will not denote a delay of the result as a disaster.
- When it is said, then one could hardly imagine a worse start in the democratic primaries, he says, and adds:
- Because, as Donald Trump already has been out to tease with, so you can say that if they cannot figure out how to hold a vælgermøde, what can they find out.
- It says he, of course, as purely perfidt teasing, but it makes it no less embarrassing for the Democrats, he says.
Mirco Reimer-Elster agree that Donald Trump will undoubtedly exploit the democratic chaos for their own benefit.
He also believes that the democratic top candidates who do poorly in Iowa, will be able to use the confusion to cover up the disappointment.
- It will be an advantage for candidates that disappoints relative to expectations. Everything else being equal, it will be fortunate for them, if there is a long delay before the result is available.
- I am thinking primarily of Joe Biden, as the indications point to that he has scored a disappointing outcome, " says Mirco Reimer-Elster.
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