There were four tables with eight tabulation at each table. The tables each had a captain who was the designee to talk with those at the head table (the clerk of court and one representative from the Democratic party and one from the Republican party). If a table group had a question or a concern, then the table chair explained the concern to those at the head table for their advice, insights, or intervention. There was every effort, including counting and recounting ballots from individual wards, multiple times to ensure that the number of ballots cast was the same or within 2-3 ballots of the number of voters who signed in to vote at that ward. It was also ensured that the hand count of the votes for the two major candidates matched the electronic reader machine's totals. These same procedures were followed for absentee ballots. The number of envelopes received was reconciled with the number of absentee votes cast in each ward. One district had a significant discrepancy with the number of voters who signed in to vote outnumbering the number of ballots by almost 100. The head table was notified and it was determined that some ballots were still in the machine. A city police officer accompanied someone to the place where ballots and machines were kept and found the missing ballots in a machine. These ballots all had at least one write-in somewhere on the ballot, and therefore they had to be sorted by the machine and read by hand on election night. This had been done, but they also needed to be counted in the recount. Once found, the numbers matched. And the incident was recorded in the official record of the work for that day. I observed all four tables throughout my shift, and I was impressed with the care and the tenacity of all the recount volunteers and the county clerk, who handled every dispute/question with reasoned professionalism.
Pat, Winnebago County
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