Here are a few of my observations during the recount in Douglas County, WI on Thursday 12/1/16.
- I missed the name of the town where the first results were read, but when reading the results, they announced that on election night, Trump received 208 votes. For the recount, Trump received 209 votes. Clinton received 140 votes for both counts.
I observed the opening of the recount in Portage County Wisconsin from 9am-3pm today. Basically, it went well with one additional vote for Clinton found in the recount of the first municipality. My day's journal is attached. (7 scanned notebook pages).
Everything was above board and proceeded smoothly. The counters were friendly, competent, and had no objections to helping educate the observers on what we were observing.
My notes mainly reflect a few bumps in the process of getting started. The staff and Board were extremely careful to include observers in the decision making process concerning protocol, counts and recounts, and justification of numbers when they were off.
The attached report sheets are from Thursday, although they were not obtained until late Friday evening.
The date box won't allow me to put multiple dates. I observed on 12/1, 12/2 and 12/5. The times for each day are listed above. On 12/1, the Board of Canvass convened and then immediately recessed because they didn't have ballots from all the municipalities yet.
Election workers made it through 9 voting districts in this time period. There were no discrepancies between previously recorded results and recounted results. The county clerk Cindy Campbell was very helpful and open. There were three of us there from the Green Party. I left my hand tallies from some of the machines with the Green Party primary, Rob M.Read more
I was verifying voter registration names and numbers. I did not observe.
I have already sent the notes. I found the documentation for observers confusing at best so I created something useful after observing for the first day.
1. OzSummary is four pages printed from the County website of the results of the Presidential elections. I used this to verify totals as read from the "tape" and to record differences at the end of each precinct. Most of the time I recorded valid write-ins near the original column and both invalids and "blank" votes to the right. This is a summary for ALL the precincts across all the days.
OzNotes1 is my (sorry) handwritten notes from Dec 1 which defined the form you will see in Notes2-5.
Most preliminary reconciliation was done by the Clerk's office before the recount. The Board of Canvass reviewed each reconciliation and, in only one case (Fredonia 1-4) did they order the reconciliation be repeated. This added 90-100 minutes to the recount for that precinct and highlighted the need for better training in Fredonia.
[OzNotes2 - OzNotes5 will be uploaded individually since this form specifies a date.]
Cumulative Milwaukee-based Voting Machine "Print-Outs" or "Tapes" that were placed on tables & photographed individually by me on 12/01/16 around 8pmRead more
When I arrived, the electronic machines had already been checked, observers from other parties report seals were intact. Paper ballots were hand counted. All counts finished while I was present matched original count totals.
Count halted for the day at 4:30, over half the county finished. Attached are photos of the canvasser and observer sign-in sheets.