Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party of Iowa has decided to move the central tabulation of returns in next Tuesday's caucuses to a secret location because of security concerns, CNN has confirmed.
State party officials refused to confirm the move, which was prompted by threats from the Occupy protesters who are vowing to disrupt campaign events in the next week. So far they have said they are not planning to disrupt the caucuses themselves, although the party is preparing just in case.
Votes in each of the 1,774 precincts will still be counted on location, and observers from the campaigns will be able to watch that process.
That precinct information will then be conveyed to the state party's tabulation center.
In a statement, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn would not comment on specific steps he is taking and would only say prudent actions are being implemented to guarantee security.
"The Iowa GOP is taking additional safeguards to ensure the caucus results are tabulated and reported to the public in an accurate and timely manner," Strawn said.
In the past the central tabulation has been done at state party headquarters in Des Moines.
The decision to move the vote counting was first reported by Politico.