I covered 2 shifts (8 hours) in one of the 2 recount rooms.
I was able to see the Township of Madison 3rd bundle sorting and count. Nearly half of the batch were absentee ballots. There were several overvotes which had to be subtracted. Overwhelming for Clinton, 11 to 1 vs. Trump. Also 70 votes total for Jill!
Today was the first day of the Wauwatosa recount and I observed one ward being recounted. In the morning, I wasn't there but they related that they worked with the regular paper ballots and those balanced out with the numbers reported from the election. However, while I was there, they were working with the absentee ballots. They ended up having more envelopes than absentee ballots and more envelopes and absentee ballots than the number reported on the election night form. The election night total of absentee ballots for Ward 17, Wauwatosa, was 421. The number of absentee envelopes counted today in Ward 17 was 457. The number of hand counted ballots today was 432, however these had not yet been run through the machine when I left. The uploaded photos are just of the original reporting form from election night. I have not yet filled out a completed observer reconciliation form as I did not get all of the numbers I needed from the recount workers.
Went well, counted Mineral Point had a discrepancy decided to re-recount. Re-recount started after I left.
I observed one of the Fitchburg recounts. Seals confirmed by the Board of Directors. Absentee ballots were separated out. The count was done 4 times before they found 2 blank ballots had been included in the total stack of ballots. Candidates totals were: Clinton 3037, Trump 970, Stein 27, Johnson 136, Castle 5, McMillan 9, write-in 28, blank 19
I observed Cross Plans recount. The seal on the ballots was confirmed by the Board of Directors. The absentee ballots were not separated from the regular ballots, so that was done first. The 1st count was missing 2 absentee ballots, but the 2nd count found them. By the 3rd count, the total ballots matched. Total counts were Clinton 1345, (-1, no signature), Trump 697 (-2, no signature), Stein 23, Johnson 79, Castle 5, McMullin 14, write-in 19, blank 7.
Nothing Significant happened. Columbia County has now completed their recount. They did not have the total tally of the changes when I checked with the Democrat on the Board of Canvasser's but it has not been very many. Looks like the voting counts on election night in Columbia County did not change very much. It has been a good learning experience these last three days as an Observer.
ZERO Change. I observed at only 1 of 5 tables. There was someone from DNC observing the machine count at another table, but those machine ballots were also counted by hand to verify the accuracy of the machines.Read more
Several municipalities were counted (absentee, paper and thermal methods), including Mineral Point, Arena, Hollandale, and the Village of Highland. Mineral Point (a larger municipality) had a difference of 1 vote between the machine and counted vote for Trump (hand count had 1 less), 3 for Clinton (hand count had 3 more), but there was one voided ballot that may have been counted in the original machine count as a valid vote. Hollandale and the Village of Highland agreed. In Arena, one vote for Hillary was lost in the recount since one person voted twice and both were counted in the original tally.
Well received by all three county clerks. Hand counting observed in La Crosse County. Observed hand counting and counting paper rolls from DREs in both Monroe and Vernon counties. Multiple democratic observers in all three counties. I delivered objections to all three county clerks over not re-reconciling polling lists, which they had done once for the State Senate recount, just finished. Informed by Clerk in Vernon county that Crawford county is already complete. Was able to verify procedures, in detail. Have detailed information on sheets and procedures being followed by Democratic parties. Images on phone will be sent to Boiler Room, separately.
Very well managed. Very polite workers. During my shift, my tallies matched theirs, and in each of the two districts I observed, votes were only off by one.