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Iowa Republicans, doing everything possible to safeguard the voting process:

Threats to disrupt the Iowa Republican caucuses next week have prompted state GOP officials to move the vote tabulation to an "undisclosed location," POLITICO has learned.

The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP's Des Moines headquarters.  The 2008 caucus results were tabulated at the state party offices, which sit just a few blocks from the state capitol.

Plans by Occupy activists to target Iowa in the coming week are restricted to actions at events and campaign offices and encouraging Iowa residents to vote "no preference," but that's definitely the sort of thing the Republican party might be freaking out about—or thinking it will make Occupy look bad if they pretend to freak out about it. But given the way the establishment has been fretting over the possibility that a Ron Paul victory might discredit the Iowa caucuses as the divinely ordained first contest of the presidential primaries, look for some concerns that this is a ploy to steal the vote from Paul.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:17 AM PST.

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