Gail, Milwaukee County

Though not a member of the Green Party I knew you needed help and was an observer for 6 days or wards in The City of Milwaukee and the final day for Village of West Allis, Ward 9.  Director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission ran a tight  ship as some tabulators working for the commission were citizens with no experience.  Others were poll workers.  I watched 46 wards recounted for their election night results and 16 wards recounted or absentee ballots.  As the City of Milwaukee had 3 early/absentee voting sites, all absentee ballots were totaled fo the first time at Central Counting on election night and their ballots bagged separately with separate precinct reports.  The process for the City was to verify all the election day ballots first, which was completed Monday morning 12/5/25 at about 10:00am.  We then spent the rest of that day and subsequent days completing the absentees, and the City was completed Wednesday, 12/7/16.  From all the wards I observed, there were very few problems, the most egregious being not being able to find an original ballot that was reconstructed.  As the voter had been given a ballot of the wrong ward at the clerks office, we are assuming the original was included in the material for the wrong ward.  All these types of discrepancies are being reconciled, matching ballots to envelopes.  I do not know how this reconciliation is going.For the Village of West Allis, all the tabulators were poll workers, and the poll workers were recounting the poll site they ran election day, not doing someone else's site.  The County ran the retabulation differently than the City.  For the City, once a ward was completed, it was taken by a city official to the ESS DS 850 machines, where 5 trained people ran the ballots and produced a report, and resealed them. For the County, once a ward was tabulated, the team followed the ballots to the machine where they watched the ballots being run, waited for the report and them resealed them. This process REALLY slowed down the process as teams were lined up waiting for their reports to be run.  West Allis has the same number of wards as teams, so they jsut waited.  But if there had been another municipality to count, it would have been delayed until all wards were run.  This could have meant waiting up to two hours. Yesterday at lunch a Democratic observer reported to the Greens that the team she was watching did not seem to be taking their task seriously.  For example, they said something like " We know we had 6 reconstructed ballots, so we don't need to look at them again and make sure information was correctly transferred"  As only the Greens can verbally object, she reported this and I believe a Green went after lunch with her to make sure all ballots were reviewed. All in all, the County did really well from what I observed, I know others found problems.