Jill, Waukesha County

Some irregularities noted:  Hartland District 14 - 52 absentee ballots were missing.  Pollworker commented "I guess they're in here somewhere"  Issue was going to be brought up to the canvassing board.Fast vote tabulator machine from ESS which was brought in from another state was experiencing problems.  While it counted ballots quickly, the time to print out a report for each batch was becoming progressively slower.  The tech who was operating it (Damian) reported this to Waukesha County Election Captain and recommended trying to reboot it.  This issue was then taken to the canvassing board.  A discussion ensued and the decision was made by the Waukesha County Canvasser to reboot it.  Before this could be done, however, a tech from the company operating the machine (Kyle from Milwaukee) advised that rebooting would not correct this as the reports were expected to take longer, as ballot totals increased.  When I finished my shift, machine operator and county staff had gone to lunch and I am unsure of what, if anything, was done about this situation.My greatest concern of the day was in the seemingly arbitrary way that decisions were being made about which ballots were being accepted.  Case in point::  A person counting votes asked a captain if he should count an absentee ballot that did not contain a signature.  He was told that a decision was made by the Waukesha County Board the previous day (well into the recount week) to accept absentee ballots without signature.  It is my understanding that these were not accepted during the election night counts.  I asked if all counties were accepting these and was told that the decision was made on a county-by-county basis.  This county-by- county basis seemed odd to me.  If Waukesha County (the "reddest" county in the country) was accepting these ballots but Milwaukee or Dane Counties (blue) were not, this could make a signifcant difference in the vote totals.  Similarly, the decision was made by canvassers to accept votes for president on write-in ballots on which there was no vice president selected or on which the presidential and vice presidential candidates did not match.  I took my concerns to the Green Party leader who passed them on to the the attorney representing the Green Party.  I also called the "Boiler Room" in Madison and relayed this information.There were many additional discrepancies with ballots - some that contained one or no initials, one in which the same number appeared on two ballots, absentee ballots that were previously accepted but were now being disqualified due to lack of zip code for address of witness, lack of street number, lack of signature of witness.Most recount workers were polite and answered questions when asked.  A few were somewhat hostile and did not answer questions.  One pair of women counting ballots conversed non-stop and turned over the ballots they had counted but forgot to write the total on the report and had to request the ballots and report back.I may return to observe again tomorrow if I am able to clear my work schedule.