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Committee reviewing Iowa caucus process


A committee of Iowa Republicans is reviewing Iowa's caucus process.

They specifically want to avoid any confusion like the debacle of Iowa's caucus winner this year.

Back in January, the Republican Party announced Mitt Romney as the state's winner when Rick Santorum actually won.

To avoid future confusion a state party committee has made several new recommendations.

The 17-member committee approved seven new steps today.

For example, the party will hold off on naming a winner when the margin of difference between the top two candidates is one-percent or less.

The group also recommends shortening the two-week certification process to just 72 hours to get results out before the New Hampshire primary.

Caucus commission member David Fischer lobbied for swifter certification, which could happen on caucus night.

Fischer says that could go a long way in making the caucus process more transparent.

"We can improve on transparency by making sure that the results of the vote, in a given precinct, on caucus night , are verified. They're checked by the people in the precinct on caucus night. There aren't paper forms, or things that happen after everybody goes home on caucus night . And the numbers can end up being reported different," said David Fischer.

Fischer was the only "no" vote when the committee was canvassed on the recommendations to the party's state central committee.

But concerns didn't stop there.

Linda Holub co-chairs the Woodbury County Republican Party.

She called the committee's proposed 72-hour certification window "impossible."

Holub said it doesn't allow workers time to gather all of the needed paperwork, and submit it to the state party in Des Moines.

Linda Holub, Woodbury County Republican Party co-chair said, "the other forms they're asking for are... Who is the precinct chair? who is the secretary? do they have all of their names and identification information in there. And, if they don't we have to go call them and get it. That's what slows up the process."

Right now, nothing is set in stone.

The caucus committee's recommendations go to the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee.

It will vote on them at a later date.

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