There is one machine on site where observers are not being allowed access to observe. All day there appears to be issues of resistance to accommodate the observers. They would like legal assistance. I did speak with -- and she said that legal has reviewed this issue, and unfortunately it is legal as long as observers have been given access to the ballots prior to the machine count.
I roved during recounts of the Towns of Shields, Oxford, and Springfield. This was my first observation, in conjunction with team leader Sandie --, and Carol --. My observations are pretty random and incomplete and should be read together with Sandie's.
A few observations:
(1) Shields--none of the absentee ballot envelopes had clerk's initials in the upper right-hand corner indicating that the voter's i.d. had been verified;
(2) both Oxford and Springfield (and per Sandie most others) had "auxiliary" handwritten, numeric lists that were created by election day inspectors and were used by recount tabulators to clarify situations where the two pollbooks had conflicting numbers for a voter (photos attached);
(3) Oxford's recount resulted in +1 vote for Clinton.
I observed for a short period of time. The room was set up as if they didn't want or expect people to show up. Very little room to observe. Would have been nice to have some seating to make you feel like you were only intruding. I was told to stand back and not to communicate. Heard of one instance where an absentee ballot's name did not match the envelope's name. There were mostly older people running the tables. They were getting things done, but it seems as if they should have been taking it more seriously. I do know there were shift changes due to seeing one person out of the recount room elsewhere in the town it took place soon after a chunk of people left or started to.Read more
well organized and well done recount....sadly, no real change in the results from this county.
Again, minor discrepancies which can go either way. 2 more municipalities to go this afternoon THEN POLK COUNTY WILL HAVE COMPLETED THE RECOUNT AS OF MONDAY (no Tuesday count)Read more
I am sending photos of recount rally's for:
Town of Yorkville
Town of Waterford
Town of Dover*
*the Town of Dover may be missing ballots as compared to the poll books.
Very open process. County Clerk in charge willing to answer any questions, workers also willling to explain what they're doing. Observers are free to walk around & watch whatever they want to. No major issues on 12/5/16 except Town of Lafayette Absentee ballot envelopes weren't in any type of workable order & 2-3 people spent hours just sorting them (& there were 100s of them). Other observers today were from Hillary for America and Trump supporters (1 in am, 1 in afternoon)
The recount was reconvened at 9:05. There were four table set up with a total of 11 tabulators present. Two tables were cutting the paper rolls into individual ballots, one table was reconciling the poll lists and one was counting absentee ballots. At 9:25, I discussed my concern about the Sand County Township DRE that misrecorded my son's and daughter-in-law's votes for president (here's an e-mail he sent to the Hillary for America recount: "My wife (Anna Pearson) and myself, (Seth Pearson) live in Sand Lake Township in Burnett County WI. My wife voted at approximately 7:30 am. When she voted for the President she pushed on Hillary Clinton’s name. When she did this she noticed that it highlighted Donald Trump. She pushed on Hillary Clinton again and it switched off of Donald Trump. When she got to work she informed me of what happened so I was aware.
The Recount started smoothly this morning. The Clerk-designee, name is Joan, I believe got 8 Wards out and had many Tabulators working. She also got out some Ward ballots that had been counted then sealed back into their original bags the previous night for scanning today.
I had heard that some scanners had been overheating in the previous days and Tabulators were hoping that did not happen today.
Then something went awry with the ballot counts in the City of Burlington Wards 1 through 4 and 5 through 8.
These were two separate sets (polling places?) of ballots. The total number of ballots counted at the tables exceeded the previously Certified Vote totals by
about 90. That is, approximately ninety or more ballots were recounted than the poll books for both sets of Wards had entries. Eventually some Supplemental poll books were brought into the room, reviewed by Tabulators, and the numbers of voters listed in them were added to the original totals which were posted in the room for comparison to recount totals.
I went for a break at 2:30 and when I returned at 4, the City of Burlington Wards 1-4 and 5-8 ballot counts had supposedly been reconciled with the poll books and Supplemental poll books. The ballots were re-sealed in their original bags and put away for scanning on Tuesday the 6th.