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Iowa GOP Moving Vote-Count to ‘Undisclosed Location’ Due To Occu-Threats
Due to left-wing threats to disrupt the Iowa Republican caucuses next week, state GOP officials have opted to move the vote tabulation to an “undisclosed location,” reports the POLITICO.
The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP’s Des Moines headquarters. The 2008 caucus results were tabulated at the state party offices, which sit just a few blocks from the state capitol.
Activist groups including the Occupy movement have indicated that they’ll attempt to interrupt rallies in the closing days before next Tuesday’s caucuses.
The AP reported today that Occupy is making plans to even attend some caucuses and vote “no preference,” but not disturb the voting process.
But Iowa Republicans are also bracing for other threats, sources say, including hacking.
“That same energy has shifted from the electoral arena to the streets.”
Obama, says Goodner, gave birth to the Occupy movement when he “failed to deliver” on the promise of widening the tax base, securing Medicare and Social Security, abolishing “Wall Street greed” and limiting campaign spending.
So who is David Goodner?
He is a 30-year-old veteran Iowa protestor, who works with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. He is frequently arrested and in controversy, so much so that the FBI infiltrated his organization because they were concerned he might be plotting to disrupt the 2008 RNC Convention.
Though no one will say it officially, Goodner, who vows to disrupt the Iowa caucus, is part of the reason the Iowa Republican party announced on Tuesday it was moving its voting tabulation to a secure location.
Last week he was escorted out of a security during a news conference headed by Newt Gingrich. The pictureabove really is worth a thousand words.
Read the rest of his charming bio at Big Govenment.
Another worry for Iowa Republicans is a threat from the hacker group Anonymous to hack the Caucus.
Taking seriously an apparent threat from a notorious collective of computer hackers, the Iowa Republican Party is boosting the security of the electronic systems it will use in two weeks to count the first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Investigators don’t know if the threat is authentic, but it has nonetheless led the state party to confront a worst-case scenario. Their fear: an Iowa caucus marred by hackers who corrupt the database used to gather votes and crash the website used to inform the public about results that can shape the campaign for the White House.
“With the eyes of the media on the state, the last thing we want to do is have a situation where there is trouble with the reporting system,” said Wes Enos, a member of the Iowa GOP’s central committee and the political director for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign in the state. “We don’t want that to be the story.”
Confident in the existing safeguards protecting the vote count itself, Enos and other members of the party central committee told The Associated Press they recently authorized additional security measures aimed at ensuring hackers are unable to delay the release of caucus results.
- #Occupy Activists Meet In Iowa, Plan Caucus Attacks (actualgrit.wordpress.com)
- Iowa GOP Borrowing Cheney’s Undisclosed Location for Caucus Ballot-Counting (news.firedoglake.com)
- Iowa caucus counting moved due to ‘Occupy Caucus’ concerns (thehill.com)
- The Iowa Occupiers’ Chilling Plot to Engage in Participatory Democracy  (gawker.com)
- Iowa Republicans to move counting due to security concerns (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)