Observers were allowed to view the proceedings up close, handle the ballots and ask questions. All ballots were hand counted. The process was clearly transparent. All supporting documentation tied to vote totals with several single vote exceptions noted.
I observed at Columbia County today. The process seemed very professional and in keeping with expectations. They worked diligently to reconcile one-ballot issues in Lodi and WI Dells. There was a question of another single ballot and whether it belonged in Portage, Wards 1,9,10 or Portage, Wards 2,3,5. This was not reconciled by the time I left. The only official counts that occurred during my time there were from Portage, Wards 4,6-8. They were Clinton: 673; Trump: 582. Clinton gained 2; Trump lost one. There were likely to wrap up all recounts today by end of day, but I left at 2.
I observed the recount for wards 1-4 of the City of Fitchburg.Most important was 23 absentee ballots which had not been opened until today, due to clerical error. These ballots were added to the other absentee ballots today, resulting in at least 10 more votes for Clinton and 4 more votes for Trump. Not sure what the other votes were. Nobody announces these types of things; observers have to notice that this is happening and ask about it. I couldn't hear the counts for candidates other than Clinton and Trump; final votes for Clinton were 1839 and Trump was 377.
Observed the recount procedure in Walworth County from 9 -4 on Dec 1-2 (Thu, Fri). Primary Rep for Jill Stein plus 2-3 other Stein candidate reps also showed up. Clinton and Trump reps were also there to observe. County Clerk, Kim Bushey, handled matters effectively, efficiently and transparently. She clearly announced the proceedings, issues, resolutions, motions and results as they unfolded. She allowed all candidate reps visual access to materials including photo and video recording. Observers from the general public had to observe from behind the yellow line. There were 2 tables of tabulators with about 8-10 at each table and a separate table with the Board of Canvassers, legal and technical team.Read more
1) Delafield 1,2,5,6 while counting the ballots there was pile in question, it contained following count
________ 744 +28
Tabulator could not explain the count. Reflected by first two photos
The counts were miscalculated by 6, it was resolved by removing the rejected ballots and then removing 4 random ballots (2 Tramp & 2 Clinton), but then it looked like they drew more then needed.
Arrived shortly before 9AM, ½ hr late due to inclement weather. The recount for the town of Eagle River was already underway. The day’s recount ended at 3:40PM to commence again on Tuesday, Dec 6th at 8:00AM. Four towns/townships were successfully completed—Eagle River, Arbor Vitae, Lac du Flambeau, and Winchester in that order. Three of the four reconciled in complete agreement with original election results; the 4th town was reduced by 4 votes. Tallies to be published by WEC upon completion of the entire county. Recount was done completely by hand.Read more
Rusk Township had lots of incidents of stuck voting machines paper. Votes being tallied from a digital report of some kind. Wondering if volunteers are trained to do this accurately? Do these count?
People have complained that lots of split tickets (Trump president and a Democrat for another seat) occurred as a mistake in the vote machine. Observers are sitting in a roped off area, not next to work tables. Township votes packets and reconcile forms are lined up against a wall. All employees are working. Hand counting is happening in view but we cannot sit close enough to see the ballots and writing on the ballots.Read more
I gave report to --. There wasn't a lot of recounting going on, much lag time...Generally, I found Waukesha to be an inhospitable place to us. Other than that, I did experience ballots going in upside down. After questioning about it, the tabulator said "These machines are great, they read them either way" His fellow tabulator said "You're not supposed to be seeing the ballots anyway, are you?" I answered that I believe I was, that this is a process for the public. This was the county to cut your teeth on...quite eye- opening. --, the clerk, and her team appeared quite disorganized, hostile at times, annoyed with us. There were many hours during which the tabulators were sitting, waiting. The machine I was at waited almost two hours to get its final count read. I am a beginner, coming from Illinois, but even so, I am feeling very suspicious about this place. Thank you to --, and the other wonderful observers I met.
Recount is almost done.
Should be finished on Dec. 5th.
1 Objection made regarding 82 Regular Ballots from the City of Whitewater, Wards 1 and 2. None of these ballots were initialed by Election Officials are required by the Electoral Process. Those 82 ballots were then separated from the rest of the regular ballots.
It is possible that the same issue may arise on Monday in the City of Whitewater in Wards 3 and 4.