The Des Moines Register is calling for a "complete audit" of the Iowa Democratic caucuses in light of concerns by Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE about the razor-thin margin.
"Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips," the Register's editorial board writes Wednesday night.
"That’s fine. We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can’t stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error," it wrote.
Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE edged out Sanders by just 0.2 percentage points, a margin the Register notes would trigger recounts in other states. Sanders' campaign has said it is working with its Iowa staff to confirm those results, which the party certified early Tuesday morning.
The caucuses are run differently than a typical primary process.
In the Democrats' process, voters physically arrange themselves around the room to signal their support for a presidential candidate and are counted by precinct captains. Ties can be settled by coin flips, and reports out of Iowa suggest that a handful of delegates were assigned by pure chance.
That makes a full recount impossible, and a Democratic official confirmed to The Hill Monday night that there is no recount provision.
The Sanders campaign has called on the party to release the raw vote totals at each precinct. Historically, the party only publicly releases how many delegates the candidate won out of each precinct. Sanders has accused the party of failing to staff precincts with independent staffers.
The Register, which endorsed Clinton, is calling for a full audit that would include a release of raw vote totals and the results of coin tosses.
"Too many questions have been raised. Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems," the Register writes.
"Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos."
The Register notes that the party's refusal to provide additional accountability "confirm[s] the suspicions, wild as they may be, of Sanders supporters."
"Their candidate, after all, is opposed by the party establishment — and wasn’t even a Democrat a few months ago," the board writes.