Iowa GOP to Count Votes at Secret Location

In what may be a response to Occupy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2011 11:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Someone get Dick Cheney on the line, because the Iowa Republican Party needs an "undisclosed location" in which to count the impending caucus votes, sources tell Politico. Last election, votes were tabulated at the state’s GOP headquarters in Des Moines, but this year, with Occupy protesters planning to make themselves heard during the caucuses, officials may be trying to guard against disruptions.

Sources also say that they’re worried about other threats, like hacking. The state’s GOP chair would say only that the party is "taking additional safeguards," to protect the count, but would not comment "on specific security procedures."

The Iowa state capitol building in Des Moines is seen in this file photo. GOP headquarters, where the ballots were counted last year, is nearby.
The Iowa state capitol building in Des Moines is seen in this file photo. GOP headquarters, where the ballots were counted last year, is nearby.   (Getty Images)
A young participant (R) of 'Occupy Iowa Caucuses' walks out of the protest headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 27, 2011.
A young participant (R) of 'Occupy Iowa Caucuses' walks out of the protest headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 27, 2011.   (Getty Images)
A participant of 'Occupy Iowa Caucuses' enters the protest headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 27, 2011.
A participant of 'Occupy Iowa Caucuses' enters the protest headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 27, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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