OzNotes5 is my notes on Dec 5 for each Precinct (three precincts per page). This ties back to OzSummary.
This was the final day of the recount for Ozaukee County
Observers at the 2016 Waukesha county recount were asked to stand behind yellow tape that had been placed on the floor. This request made it impossible for observers to see presidential candidate votes on ballots. The rule forced people to stand too far away from the tabulators and the Waukesha Board of Canvassers to effectively hear relevant conversations. The distance also made it unrealistic for public observers to be able to follow the recount of the presidential votes because they could not see tge fine print on the ballots accurately if at all.Read more
Monday report after returning from Waukesha WI Recount HQ.
- The ballot counting is now done by one very fast and seemingly accurate ESS stack feeder that separates questionable ballots onto 3 levels, including "Blank" ballots (those without a vote for any presidential candidate).
The Blank vote ballots are now visible and double and even triple checked. And easy to see by observers.
All the work is now going very quickly.
The people who up to today had to hand feed each ballot, are now at tables doing the ballot accounting work. There is no problem with the one (1) ESS machine keeping up with the table work.
The ESS unit, I'm told is the same as used in Milwaukee, were I've not heard of any problems.
However, because many wards did not zero out, there are quite a few that need "draw downs". One was had 128 ballots to many. But it was caught.
summary - All now seems well in Waukesha. (may be all the vigilant reporting & ph calls helped)
But I'm not there every hour.
We need more people to report.
1. The county added (comparing to Sunday) restriction to the number of representatives. It is impossible to go to bathroom without signing out, and when I was back I was told no more representatives are allowed.
2. Tabulators have stopped answering questions. They did answer on Sunday, but stopped on Monday, referring to board of canvassers.
Photos of tabulators at the 2016 presidential recount in Waukesha, WI counting New Berlin absentee ballots. Many of the New Berlin absentee ballots were processed incorrectly on the night of the 2016 election. There were at least 4 tables along the windows in the Waukesha recount room where tabulators were recounting the absentee ballots and finding numerous errors for various different reasons. These are close-up shots of some of the New Berlin Ward tabulators...Read more
2 observers including myself reported on the seals that had been tampered with. I wasn't going to let this go without trying to do my best to figure out what all this meant. I called a local news station, that was very happy to help observe the seals. They did a report on it which can be found here. www.fox9.com/news/221518020-storyRead more
Recap of Portage County Wisconsin Presidential Election Recount 12 5 16
Meeting started at 8:00AM. Minutes for the meeting was taken by Willette Court Reporting and legal council was available via phone. There was representation from both the Democratic and Republican Parties. As like yesterday’s report , will not include issues with remakes since all remakes were included in the recount.Read more
These photos and videos show the high speed ESS DS850 machine being set up, used to count ballots, or discussed at the Waukesha County recount location on 12/05/16. It's important to note that it was physically impossible to read any of the content (including presidential candidate votes) on any of the individual ballots when they were actively running through the DS850 machines. Furthermore, there was never an opportunity to view individual ballots prior to them being inserted into the DS850 machine. Rather, ballots were often stacked, placed face-down so presidential candidate votes weren't visible, and/or moved too fast through the machine to be reasonably read by the human eye even when standing within 2 feet of the DS850. Conversations about how the DS850 machine specifically counts ballots (especially "over" and "under" votes) was particularly confusing. In my opinion more conversations and informative exchanges between the ESS company, the Waukesha Board of Canvassers, and other experts could be needed to clarify how the mechanics and data collection used by the DS850 could be impacting final ballot counts.Read more
Observed Scanner Recount of Elmwood Park, Ward 1, Racine County, Wisconsin. Three observers were click counting, as the ballots were being put into the scanner. One clicked for Clinton, One clicked for Trump, and One clicked for "undervotes". At the end of the ballot run, the totals on the tape matched those recorded on election night, exactly. However, the click counters recorded 5 more votes for Clinton, 10 more votes for Trump, and 15 fewer "undervotes".
Please see attached photos.
Dane county has been running roughly 8:30AM-8:30PM with 2 rooms working the recount. Our staffing has tried to target getting 4 people per shift. There is talk now of going to 3 rooms as early as mid_AM tomorrow (Tuesday 12/6). This is to ensure that counting of Madison city votes is completed on schedule. In addition, there MAY be a need to schedule a late shift (running something like 6:30PM - 11PM maybe starting Wednesday) if deemed necessary. To point out, staff has been very open and helpful so this should not be seen as a secret way to circumvent our observation. Further updates on the possibility of 3rd shift would presumably be available on Tuesday 12/6.