The recount was reconvened at 9:05. There were four table set up with a total of 11 tabulators present. Two tables were cutting the paper rolls into individual ballots, one table was reconciling the poll lists and one was counting absentee ballots. At 9:25, I discussed my concern about the Sand County Township DRE that misrecorded my son's and daughter-in-law's votes for president (here's an e-mail he sent to the Hillary for America recount: "My wife (Anna Pearson) and myself, (Seth Pearson) live in Sand Lake Township in Burnett County WI. My wife voted at approximately 7:30 am. When she voted for the President she pushed on Hillary Clinton’s name. When she did this she noticed that it highlighted Donald Trump. She pushed on Hillary Clinton again and it switched off of Donald Trump. When she got to work she informed me of what happened so I was aware. Continue reading
Rusk Township had lots of incidents of stuck voting machines paper. Votes being tallied from a digital report of some kind. Wondering if volunteers are trained to do this accurately? Do these count?
People have complained that lots of split tickets (Trump president and a Democrat for another seat) occurred as a mistake in the vote machine. Observers are sitting in a roped off area, not next to work tables. Township votes packets and reconcile forms are lined up against a wall. All employees are working. Hand counting is happening in view but we cannot sit close enough to see the ballots and writing on the ballots. Continue reading
On 12/2, they once again convened at 9 a.m. This time, all the tabulators were present as well as the 3 members of the Board of Canvass. Tabulators were shown how to cut the DRE paper rolls. None of the DRE machines were present, but the rolls from each township and village were in their respective bags. Tabulators were told to save everything, even blank portions of the paper rolls - "Nothing gets thrown away." There were four tables set up, two for cutting paper rolls, one for reconciling poll lists and one for counting absentee ballots. As a result, they utilized a "division of labor" approach rather than doing all facets of each township at one time. Ballots were counted and sorted in groups of 25. All workers seemed to be busy most of the time, but there was some wasted effort until they sorted out tasks and became more efficient. By the time I left at noon (prior obligation), they seemed to be working quite efficiently. I touched base with the Democratic party volunteer at the end of the day; she said they'd completely finished five townships. There were no irregularities observed, though some of the paper rolls were quite mangled - apparently the scrolling function on the printer portion of many machines was less than adequate.
The date box won't allow me to put multiple dates. I observed on 12/1, 12/2 and 12/5. The times for each day are listed above. On 12/1, the Board of Canvass convened and then immediately recessed because they didn't have ballots from all the municipalities yet.