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Iowa Caucus Meltdown Proved Transparency Is Essential, Election-Watchers Say

Secrecy was the strategy for Iowa Democrats when it came to planning the caucus process. Experts say now that decision compounded an environment ripe for manipulation.

As the Democratic primary season rolls on, one big lesson already is sinking in from the party's caucus-night meltdown in Iowa: Secrecy isn't a strategy.

State Democratic chair Troy Price declined to answer questions a month ago about what sorts of tests were conducted on the smartphone app the party was planning to use on caucus night or detail backup plans should it fail.

But he did promise some sort of transparency.

"We'll be able to give a preview to interview about the app, with NPR and Iowa Public Radio.

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