I thought I submitted this report for 12/1 yesterday, but since I didn't get a submission confirmation, I am submitting it again. I apologize if this is a duplication.The room was set up with four tables with eight to ten persons serving as tabulators at each table; there was also one person at each table designated as the chair who coordinated the table's work. The chair was the only person at the table designated to take questions/problems to the head table where additional consultations were held. At the head table were the clerk of court, another person from her office, one representative from the Democratic party, and one representative from the Republican party. Each table was given a bag of ballots from a district; there were usually three wards in each district. The ballots were recounted by wards. I was impressed with the standard each table set for themselves to get the numbers to match within a margin of no more than a difference of 3. Each table counted to be sure the number of ballots/votes matched the number of people who signed in at the polls both during early voting and on election day. Also, the number of return envelopes was matched with the number of absentee ballots cast. Then the recount focused on matching the totals for Clinton and Trump by ward and district with the counts generated by the electronic voting machines. One table could not reconcile the number of votes cast with the number of ballots counted in District 12. (I think that was the district number.) After several attempts to reconcile the numbers, there was still a difference of 95. The table chair took the problem to the head table, where the smaller group reviewed the numbers and concurred there was a significant discrepancy that needed to be understood. It's was decided that some ballots were missing so a police officer was sent to the place where machines and ballots are secured to check the machine for that ward/district. The officer returned with a stack of ballots that were sorted out by the machine as they all had a write in candidate in at least one of the races that appeared on the ballot. Because write-ins can't be machine read, they are are sorted out and sethe aside in a separate part of the machine. These "found" ballots numbered 95, and the counts were then reconciled. In the meantime, the polling place captain had been called and brought in to explain the discrepancy. She watched the problem solving at the table. This problem and how it's was addressed and solved was recorded in the official record for the county's recount.I was impressed with the ability of the table chairs and the persons at the head table; their expertise in analyzing the counts done by the tabulators, the sign-in registers, and the machine which collected and counted the ballots was impressive. Equally impressive was the tabulators' willingness to be sure their hand counts were accurate. I appreciated this opportunity to observe this process as its assured me that the election results in Winnebago County (WI) were as voters intended.
Pat, Winnebago County
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