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Nevada Democrats are trying to avoid an Iowa-like fiasco by hiring a call center to help with their caucuses

'We're taking no chances'

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The Nevada Democratic Party wants to make sure that its presidential primary caucuses don't go down in history as the kind of outright debacle that the American people witnessed earlier this month in Iowa, and they've taken a big step to keep that from happening.

According to a report at NBC News, Silver State Democrats are hoping that hundreds of call center operators will help them avoid disaster:

Nevada Democrats have hired a professional call center with 200 paid operators and dedicated reporting lines to help take in results from caucus sites around the state, diverging from Iowa where lightly trained volunteers manned the phones and reported chaos and jammed phoned lines after an app that was supposed to process most of the results malfunctioned.

"We have been working around the clock to ensure that what happened in Iowa will not happen here, which is why we're taking no chances when it comes to reporting," Molly Forgey, spokesperson for the Nevada Democratic Party, told NBC News. She added that the steps taken should "ensure that our precinct chairs and site leads will be able to successfully report results on caucus day."

This isn't the only effort that the state party has undertaken to avoid ending up with Iowa-level ignominy. In the wake of the Iowa disaster, Nevada state Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II put out a statement saying that the party's caucuses wouldn't be employing the reporting app or vendor that were blamed for the delays and inconsistencies that plagued Iowa's Democratic results.

Instead of the notorious app, NPR reported on Wednesday, the state party has decided to employ a system of special Google forms accessed through internet browsers on iPads distributed to precinct chairs. However, the party says that those chairs will also have the option to manually record the results on paper.

Earlier this week, a re-canvass of the Iowa Democratic caucus results showed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ahead of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the popular vote while Buttigieg holds a razor-thin lead in state delegate equivalents.

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