Very serious effort in Dane County. County Clerk had to decide whether to count or toss a ballot. It had been marked Trump and then was crossed out and marked Clinton. The Clerk came to both the Trump and Stein (me) observers to ask what we thought the voter intention was. I said Clinton. The Trump observer did also. Very minor issues with one vote here and there changing. Aboslutely nothing significant.
5:30-8:30 pm shift. I came specifically to monitor the new 3rd room where pre-sorting takes place, to get a better idea of this step. I arrived as they were concluding with Ward 60. The re-made ballots included some regular ballots that had jammed in the machine during count. There were also among the 'bad ballots' supposedly remade five without corresponding numbers. Consensus was to send them on to the next room with a note. The table was then bagged and wheeled in to the main count area.The only counting done in this area is to make certain that each remade ballot from an e- vote or damaged ballot has a corresponding numbered original. Some absentee ballots also contain proofs of ID or imaginative inclusions-- all discarded/destroyed after examination by the supervisor.For Ward 61 I counted five bags on the trolley and the red pouch of envelopes and 'remades' .. They predicted a full 1/3 of them would be absentee ballots. A number of them were designated 'improvised ballots' the room supervisor agreed she had no idea what that might mean.In this ward, they ran out of 'good ballot' and 'bad ballot ' stickers around #150 and began also at this high number to use numbers more than once, probably inadvertently, which by consensus was going to have to be solved in the other rooms later.In contradiction to the noted vote totals the absentee ballots far outnumbered the regular ballots. I thought perhaps the imbalance would be changed by the next batch of ballots, but I was told that the other 3 bags were blanks. It's policy for all blank ballots to be bagged and sent along like this. That was it for Ward 61.They did this same procedure for Ward 62, separating election day ballots from the absentee ballots and verifying matches for each remade ballot.Ward 63 contained only 2 bags of marked ballots out of 6 bags, the rest being blanks. Two remade ballots were also missing from this batch, and one noted as 'entered in error' at the polling place, whatever that signifies.The final batch of the night was combining 2 smaller wards, 82 and 65. A peculiarity of these wards, which I was told were in a university student area, were absentee ballots arriving two in an envelope with one left entirely blank. The polling place then discarded the blank rather than bagging it. This batch was also quite high in absentee ballots, twice as many as regular ballots.Katya Whiterabbit aka
I observed the vote counts for Madison Wards: 50; 55; 26; 58 and 59. All wards votes reconciled but there wards 50 and 55 had missing absentee ballots. Debbie, who was also observing, took photos of the notes relating to the missing ballots and will be sending them to the Boiler Room. There were 31 missing in ward 50 and 47 missing in ward 55. They did not have a solid explanation for how this would be worked out.
I was in Room 354 of the City County Building, Madison, WI.Tabulators started second batch of Fitchburg. Absentee ballot table had to recount. Dropped three from last count. Clinton campaign is writing down final numbers tabulated for each candidate. At 2:30 Scott announced that a third room will be added to sort Madison ballots. MacFarland count matched twice.
I observed in Room 357 of the City County Building in Madison, WI.The tabulators were completing Black Earth. Numbers matched with tape print out. There was one absentee ballot with no signature which could not be accepted. As a result there was a "draw down" of one ballot.Verona was started at 12:35. Numbers did not match after four counts. Decided to find wards and separate the wards. I left at that break.
Ward 49 - missing ballots 1-7, 14, 17, 20,24, 126, 157 1w/o number 2571 matched to the tape 5 ballots moved from absentee pile to regular pile.Ward 46 - absentee 884; remade 137; regular 1213 Clinton 1944; trump 128; johnson 46; stein 41; mcmullan 1; castle 1; scattered 15
Madison, Ward 29 20 Absentee closed envelopes had not been counted because of confusion with a fire alarm at East High during the election. The Board of Canvassers approved adding the 19 Clinton votes and 1 Stein vote to the total Ward 29 numbers.
Madison, Ward 2920 Absentee closed envelopes had not been counted because of confusion with a fire alarm at East High during the election. The Board of Canvassers approved adding the 19 Clinton votes and 1 Stein vote to the total Ward 29 numbers.
I submitted a long message regarding my notes as an observer using a link that I received from a campaign official. I apologize but I do not know how to scan the forms into my computer & then email them to you. I can give you the data that I took down if that will suffice.
I was able to be there for the 5:0-8:30 shift, which was fortunate because then we had 3 persons to monitor all 3 rooms. I was in the room handling Ward 37 of City of Madison, while in the second room they could not find one bag belonging to Ward 32, when there were supposed to be 3 bags. Several piles were begun in our room against the wall for incomplete wards. The missing sacks are expected to be found at the very bottom of the pile; there are nearly 120 wards in Madison. The 3rd room is dedicated to pre-sorting regular from absentee ballots. This saves time , for the other 2 rooms; however it is not perfect and much trading between regular and absentee teams still happens before the first count is taken. Previous observers didn't send a person to 3rd room as no counting takes place there, but some of us feel it also needs monitoring and many creative things can be done to change ballots/ counts at that stage.Ward 37 was around 2000 ballots total. One was an over-vote and discarded; Clinton outnumbered Trump 3-1; Trump votes roughly equaled all 'other' candidates. 28 votes for Jill. Note: I have not seen Trump win a ward yet in all these days. It's only in rural towns that his counts even roughly equal Clinton's.The second room was combining several small wards -38,112, 118-- to finish up their day while we did the much larger Ward 41. This ward was about 45% absentee; I think it's because early voting was allowed at public libraries this year. 1082 absentee, including61 re-made ballots from e-voting. The absentees were almost all for Clinton, perhaps 85%. Regular votes totaled 1276 including a nice stack of 58 Jill votes. Grand total 2198. We finished and were dismissed before the 2nd room, so I went in to notice that the combined wards produced 16 absentee ballots for Jill, but I didn't get the grand total or the 'regular' Jill total.I plan to monitor the 3rd room on the 5:30-8:30 shift on Dec. 7 because they are otherwise covered. I can't get there earlier on weekdays.Katya Whiterabbit