Several concerns: Observers were seated apart from the people counting the votes, so the actual ballots are not visible to observers. The guidelines posted outside of the counting room specified that objections could only be raised by a designated representative, but there was no such person at the Door County site. Therefore, no one was eligible to voice objections.Read more
I had a shift in Dane Co. today from 8:30-11:30am. The people participating in the recount were very focused on doing a good job. They were hand counting everything. Nonetheless counting discrepancies occurred. The recounting staff were persistent until they were resolved.
The village of Shorewood Hills was completed with Clinton picking up one vote.Read more
This morning I observed the presidential recount for Crawford County, WI. I observed an orderly and methodical recount and tabulation. Counters and tabulators were experienced and took great care to handle seals and chain of custody. I was allowed to observe everything and they welcomed my presence as an observer.Read more
Five of the nine machines being used in the recount have tampered seals. Photos of two are attached. Photo of seal, followed by photo of serial number.Read more
Arrived at 8:35am on 12-02-16 in Ellsworth, for Pierce County. There were approximately 10-11 observers (GOP-4, DPW-5, Green-1, one additional GP arrived at 12:30pm) during my shift 9am-2:30pm.
I observed the final count of HRC’s paper ballots for Town of Martell Ward 1-2 (all other candidate ballots were counted on 12-01). I noticed nothing unusual during the count; final 369 Trump, 260 Clinton with no changes in final totals.
The Village of Elmwood Ward 1 resulted in a “lost ballot” for Darrell Castle; one additional tape ballot for Clinton; and one additional tape ballot for Trump. The ballots were counted by FOUR people (Joyce --, Gene --, Linda --, and lead Cindy (last name not known) FOUR separate times. The adjusted count was determined to be: 247 Trump; 121 Clinton; 1 Castle. Martell was packed with the changes noted.
The final portion of my observation was City of River Falls, Ward 1-3, Bag #2 of 3. It appeared to me that most all of the tables were taking on sections of the City of River Falls, spreading out duties, sorts and counts to various tables. I observed only the matching of the two record books, where there were many mismatched “A” between the two books, in that one book had an “A” and/or Voter Number that did not match with the name on the other book. All issues appeared to have been resolved by looking at the Absentee Ballot envelope.
I counted 31 people at the recount station. Most of the time they were all busy. There were some inexperienced people there. If any of them found a problem they asked for help right away to resolve the issue. The only time I saw any down time is when a precinct was being reconciled.
On 12/2, they once again convened at 9 a.m. This time, all the tabulators were present as well as the 3 members of the Board of Canvass. Tabulators were shown how to cut the DRE paper rolls. None of the DRE machines were present, but the rolls from each township and village were in their respective bags. Tabulators were told to save everything, even blank portions of the paper rolls - "Nothing gets thrown away." There were four tables set up, two for cutting paper rolls, one for reconciling poll lists and one for counting absentee ballots. As a result, they utilized a "division of labor" approach rather than doing all facets of each township at one time. Ballots were counted and sorted in groups of 25. All workers seemed to be busy most of the time, but there was some wasted effort until they sorted out tasks and became more efficient. By the time I left at noon (prior obligation), they seemed to be working quite efficiently. I touched base with the Democratic party volunteer at the end of the day; she said they'd completely finished five townships. There were no irregularities observed, though some of the paper rolls were quite mangled - apparently the scrolling function on the printer portion of many machines was less than adequate.
The process seemed to proceed slowly but very methodically and diligently. Outside of the occasional human error (which was soon caught), I didn't notice any discrepancies in the ballot count. And I would like to applaud Dane County for proceeding with the hand-count which seems to be the only way to do this properly.
Per the online schedule I signed up for, I arrived shortly before 2 p.m. for a 6 hour shift. It seems there had been alot of confusion in the morning and things were moving slowly. Once I divested myself of all the "no, no's" (water, purse, pens, folder for my papers & note pads) and got into the room, I could not identify anyone with the Stein Campaign - yes, I did spot a guy with a green shirt under a brown sport coat but wasn't allowed to go into that part of the room. Finally, a deputy said I could stay outside the red line and move closer to where the green shirt guy was. When I got his attention, he managed to get me into the room but was being asked questions by people at various tables; so I just stood between the yellow lines, as instructed and tried to figure out what was going on.Read more
I've attached photos of the WI Election Commissioners who were addressing ballot issues in the Milwaukee recount location: Rick Baas, Nancy Penn, Tim Posnanski, Julietta Henry, plus some othersRead more