Everyone was very earnest and serious about getting the numbers right. In Monona, Trump picked up 7 votes and Clinton 15. They found 9 absentee ballots that had not been removed from the envelopes. In springfield everything corresponded to the official results. I have video of almost the whole thing but don't think there was anything worth reviewing, but let me know and i'd be happy to upload. I'm going back to NYC, so good luck and godspeed with the rest of the recount.
Discrepancies noted in absentee ballots which were resolved promptly by Milwaukee County Election Commission. Plan on return to same location on Monday morning at 8:30 am.
Documents taped to the wall above the "Media Pit" in Milwaukee. 1) Ballot Counting Schedule for Milwaukee & 2) WI Election Observer RulesRead more
The recount went well. There was only one discrepancy; the total number of absentee ballots was the same as the original count, but one rejected ballot (no address or signature) had been counted as a valid ballot originally.
Observers were allowed to view the proceedings up close, handle the ballots and ask questions. All ballots were hand counted. The process was clearly transparent. All supporting documentation tied to vote totals with one single vote exception.
Karen Turnure and I were observers from 2:30 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday Dec 2. The time was mostly uneventful. The only major problem was in the Village of Pardeville when as I understood it, they found that 42 of the 126 absentee ballots did not contain initials but they had 126 Witnessed envelopes to correspond to the 126 ballots and everything else was in order and so in me discussing this with the Democrat member of the Board, she explained that her and the other members of the Board of Canvassers had accepted the ballots as good.Read more
The recount workers, county clerk’s staff, and municipality clerks appear very committed to the process, if some are skeptical of the reasons for it. It also appears that there are poll worker/recount workers from both major parties participating. Only *the* designated person from a candidate or party is allowed to make objections. I designated myself after a recount worker told me I had to be 'official’, and I grabbed a ‘primary candidate’s observer’ lanyard until I left. (The other woman was not going to be staying for more than an hour.)Read more
Attended the Columbia Cty recount as an Observer today from 9 AM to 3 PM. along with Karen and Frank Turnure. Everything appeared to be going OK. No big changes on counts. They thought that the total recount in Columbia Cty may be finished by the end of Monday or Tuesday as it was going fast today. We suggested that they provide us with a small table and chairs so we would have somewhere to write etc without sitting on the floor.
My first recount! It was fun! The conscientiousness of the tabulators at the City-County Building in Madison made me proud to be a Madisonian.Read more
I attended this morning, from 9 am until the recount closed for lunch at noon.
I was unable to return after, as I had to go to my job.