I was able to be there for the 5:0-8:30 shift, which was fortunate because then we had 3 persons to monitor all 3 rooms. I was in the room handling Ward 37 of City of Madison, while in the second room they could not find one bag belonging to Ward 32, when there were supposed to be 3 bags. Several piles were begun in our room against the wall for incomplete wards. The missing sacks are expected to be found at the very bottom of the pile; there are nearly 120 wards in Madison.
The 3rd room is dedicated to pre-sorting regular from absentee ballots. This saves time , for the other 2 rooms; however it is not perfect and much trading between regular and absentee teams still happens before the first count is taken. Previous observers didn't send a person to 3rd room as no counting takes place there, but some of us feel it also needs monitoring and many creative things can be done to change ballots/ counts at that stage.
The City of Burlington Wards 1-4 and 5-8 ballots were scanned today. I am providing photos of the totals and one of the scanner tapes.
One of the Stein Observers was told by (Clerk or Tabulator or Board of Canvass member)? that the polbooks for these two sets of voters were reconciled overnight(?).
It is my opinion that the City of Burlington polling process be thoroughly reviewed, and the poll workers be properly re-trained. Counts that are
90 -100 votes off from the poll books and voter information materials that are separated from each other are confusing and lead to disenfranchised voters and votes.
Also, City of Racine Ward 30 ballot scanning was interrupted by the failure of the scanning machine. The cartridge was transferred to another scanner, counters verified, and the scanning continued.
I am sending photos of the City of Burlington and
City of Racine Wards 28, 29, 30, 31, and 33 vote totals
I have been observing in oconto County since Thursday. The County clerk has been very meticulous about following the checklist procedure. She has included observers throughout, explaining what is going on, checking for any objections, etc. Tabulators always try to error on the side of the voter. Most discrepancies have been easily resolved. Only 2 municipalities had been completely recounted by the time a left this afternoon.
finished Monday just after 5. These are the reports from clerk... there a few totals that don't match up.Read more
OBSERVATION 1: The Ballot Container Certificate from Election Day on the clear plastic ballot bag calls for signatures of the Chief Inspector + another inspector of a different party. If the CI is unaffiliated (there’s a box to check), a third inspector from a party different from the second inspector is to sign. This certificate had three signatures but none of them referenced a party affiliation, nor was the unaffiliated box checked. This appears to be standard practice for Marquette County. (see photo)
No net change in votes for Trump or Clinton. Stein up 1. McMullin up from 5-19 due to being a registered write-in.
This is a report from the hotline in Madison. An observer called in to report that the municipality of Oconomowoc provided to the Waukesha recount many ballots without election officials' initials on the ballots. The observer I spoke with had not noted the ward(s) in which this problem occurred, or whether it affected only absentee ballots, only regular ballots, or all ballots. I don't know whether the observer objected. She asked a recount worker and was told that the Waukesha recount was following statutes on voter intent and counting the votes on the uninitialed ballots.
Ideally, we would know the extent of this problem (uninitialled ballots), and whether election officials were failing to initial ballots in only one Oconomowoc reporting unit or many. Ideally, someone would investigate to determine the possibility of ballot substitution, though it would be truly inept fraud to fail so obviously to make the fraudulent ballots look like real ones.
I was here each and every day for the recount. Thursday, December 2, the count was done by machine. Friday, Dec. 3; Saturday, Dec. 4; Sunday, Dec. 5; and Monday, Dec. 6; the count was a hand count with complete and open transparency throughout the process. All questions were thoroughly answered by Walworth County Clerk Kim Bushey. This account is for the recap day for Walworth County., which was Tuesday, Dec. 6. The numbers I have are all final. Each days minutes were taken and will be published on the Walworth County website when they are completed. Minutes do include objections re: absentee ballots with no initializing by clerk at location to indicate photo ID was checked. These objections appear each day of the count.Read more
They have added a third room and hired more people. This is because they're counting Madison now. The city of Madison had a wonderful idea this year, an idea which I hope will inspire mayors all over the country. .EVERY library in the city was an early voting site. While this was wonderful for voters, the huge volume of absentee votes and the fact that people voted in libraries that were not in their wards made it possible for things to get a little
messy. So I believe the county clerk has people in the third room sorting absentee from regular ballots, and making sure ballots are bundled in their correct wards.... In the elevator, as we were all leaving, the county clerk thanked me for being an observer. He said, "We need observers. If we didn't have observers, it would be like a tree falling in the woods. Nobody would know. Nobody would know what we've been doing." .
Same as before, really good group no problems.