Per the online schedule I signed up for, I arrived shortly before 2 p.m. for a 6 hour shift. It seems there had been alot of confusion in the morning and things were moving slowly. Once I divested myself of all the "no, no's" (water, purse, pens, folder for my papers & note pads) and got into the room, I could not identify anyone with the Stein Campaign - yes, I did spot a guy with a green shirt under a brown sport coat but wasn't allowed to go into that part of the room. Finally, a deputy said I could stay outside the red line and move closer to where the green shirt guy was. When I got his attention, he managed to get me into the room but was being asked questions by people at various tables; so I just stood between the yellow lines, as instructed and tried to figure out what was going on.
At some point, a lady came by & gave me a little rundown on what was going on with a couple of tables near me. She said she was leaving shortly and I could take her spot observing this one table. The green shirt guy came by with a clip board and asked if I could work Friday. He had 3 shifts to choose from and I signed up for the "midday" shift.
I tried to be more info on what was happening tonight but he was being paged by other observors. I observed two tablulators sorting absentee ballots from regular ballots for the Town of Delafield, Wards 7 & 8. Once they had that done, they noticed some of the absentee ballots had two sets of initials while some had only one. They asked a county clerk staff & she said to separate them; so they did. Then, they started counting the absentee ballots. One of the tabulators said there was supposed to be 235 - I asked how he knew that and he said that's how many envelopes they had counted earlier in the day. Their ballot count cam to 231; so they counted again and found one absentee in the regular ballot stack, for a total of 232.
After re-counting again, one tabulator opened a brown envelop and found 2 more ballots for a total of 234. About that time, the Clerk or head Canvasser announced that everyone could take a break because the room had to be cleared. We could return at 5 p.m. and work until midnight. I had been standing for 2 1/2 hours and my feet and legs were killing me. I asked the green shirt guy if they needed me to stay until 8 pm - which is the shift I had signed up for - he said they needed everybody but if I couldn't stay, he understood. I reminded him he had my phone # and could call me if they were running shorthanded. Page 1/2 I still don't know his name and if he or the Head Observor is the person who is leading the Stein Team.
I will return for tomorrow's 4-hr midday shift. I hope that I am helping somehow. Some tables/muncipalities had problems that had to be decided by the Board of Canvassers. There were people surrounding that table so I couldn't hear what was going on. I tried to focus on the table I was observing. The regular ballots have not yet been counted and I'm afraid I'll miss that procedure tonight. With best regards, Linda