City of Montello recount. (Read this together with any comments/photos from Sandie Becker.)
OBSERVED: There were 8 or 9 Absentee ballot envelope with no initials evidencing voter ID checked. County Clerk says he won’t throw those out, but would for missing signature, witness, or judge initials on paper/absentee ballot.
OBSERVED: Inspector Statement didn’t include the seal # of the Ballot Bag.
OBSERVED: Broken red tag #1885 was on Incident Report but not found; #1958 was found but not on the report.
OBSERVED: Inspector Statement missing lots of other info + had grossly inaccurate number of absentee ballots (83, s/b 140). City Clerk Dawn C was called in, given oath, and clarified that all was OK. She had completed the Federal form 190-F (for election stats) and it had the correct numbers on it. She was asked to make changes to the Insp Stmt + the tally page from each Pollbook. She did not add the Ballot Bag seal # as that is a Chief Inspector requirement.
Trump – 348 (-4)
Clinton – 289 (-1)
Johnson – 18
Stein – 8
Morehead – 1
Scattering – 2 (+2)
McMullin 0 (-1)
*Ballot Container Cert
*Inspector Report p1
*Inspector Report p2
*Inspector Report p3
*Memory Card Chain of Custody
*Federal 190-F p1
*Federal 190-F p2
*Pollbook #1 tally page w/initialed changes
*Pollbook #2 tally page w/initialed changes
*Inspector Statement p1 w/initialed changes
Town of Oxford-bar code serial number on ballot bag not recorded on Chief Inspector report. Texted message to Jen — who said to file an objection. I couldn’t do this on this date as the canvassers/clerk were already gone. However I did inform the County Clerk on 12/6 I would be filing a blanket objection as I have noted a total of 3 polling places missing ballot bag numbers not being recorded. He agreed we should wait until all are completed and make it official as we both feel there may be more. Pics will be attached below.
Neither Town of Oxford poll books list shows page number of last voter.
Trump lost 2 votes in the recount. The 2 he lost were picked up in the scattering catwgory.
OBSERVATION 1: The Ballot Container Certificate from Election Day on the clear plastic ballot bag calls for signatures of the Chief Inspector + another inspector of a different party. If the CI is unaffiliated (there’s a box to check), a third inspector from a party different from the second inspector is to sign. This certificate had three signatures but none of them referenced a party affiliation, nor was the unaffiliated box checked. This appears to be standard practice for Marquette County. (see photo)
OBSERVATION 2: Unlike most towns in Marquette County, this town did not have a hand-written, unofficial, numbered “auxiliary” voter list. These unofficial lists—not to be confused with the Supplemental Lists containing absentee voters—are used by those comparing the Election Day pollbooks. The pollbooks are in alpha order and the numeric list helps the ED inspectors and recount tabulators double/triple-check voters where the two poll books conflict. As an election judge myself (IL) I find the use of a hand-written, unofficial list both troubling and amusing. (see photos).
OBSERVATION 3: All red tag seals checked and accounted for.
OBSERVATION 4: The tabulators counting the absentee ballots didn’t have the Supplemental List. The sheriff’s deputy on duty was asked to retrieve it and came back with a manilla folder containing the list. I inquired of the County Clerk where it had been and he said it was up in the County Clerk’s office. It was apparently being used by another employee of the clerk’s office to enter voters into the MyVote.WI.govwebsite. Ditto the Pollbooks, as it turns out. (They are not in the Ballot Bag from Election Day.)
Recount totals (no change from Election Day):
PHOTOS (all from Endeavor unless indicated):
Ballot Container Certificate from Election Day (shows signatures with no affiliations)
Ballot Container Certificate from Town of Packwaukee (to show pattern)
Inspector’s Statement p1
Inspector’s Statement p2 (list of red tag seals)
Edge II Memory Card Chain of Custody
Handwritten Auxiliary List (Town of Oxford)—as an example only
Handwritten Auxiliary List (Town of Springfield)—ditto
Supplemental List (Town of Westfield)—as an example only
Canvasser’s Statement (not final)
Ballot Container Certificate from Recount Day
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.