Update December 31, 2011–The link below was abandoned by the Iowa Dems and has since been claimed by the casino industry. I never posted a video as promised below because the people at the caucus were camera-shy.
The Iowa Democratic Party has created a website that will show caucus results for each precinct as soon as they are reported to Des Moines via telephone. This is a virtual paper trail for this event, and very good news.
This practice is known as aggregating the vote in public. It is recommended by the DNC here. All counties should do it in every election. That is to say, they should promptly publish the precinct totals to the web on election night, right after they post the totals in the window of the precinct polling station. The Iowa Democratic Party is leading the way. Let’s hope the new Secretary of State (a Democrat) follows suit in June for the primary election.
I already announced my intention to post a video of my caucus on YouTube. Part of the video will show us phoning in the results of the delegate selection. I’ll also get someone who is not at the caucus to send back the results as soon as they appear on the internet. We’ll have confirmation that the world knows our outcome. That will be on the video, too.