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I only observed for a few hours in the morning of day three for the Senate District 32 recount. Up this time was the Town of Holland.
The team I observed was tasked with reconciling the absentee envelopes and the poll records while another table of election workers was handling the ballots. There were a couple of oddities including a plain business envelope which did not appear to have a valid witness certificate. After working through the pile the election team did find the certificate which must have dislodged somehow.
In addition, there were 2 that had been rejected for containing no signature and one rejected because it was received late (two days after the election). There was also one envelope that did not have the appropriate witness address information included. The Kapanke legal council objected to it but the clerk counted it.
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The second day of the Senate District 32 recount was much like the first day: a lot of counting.
I began by observing the team recounting the West Salem votes. There were some issues with the machines there on election day so I paid close attention for any issues that might arise. I asked for two ballots to be set aside for legal council to review. One had no signature where the clerk usually signs and the second showed markings in both Kapanke and Shilling with a sine wave marking through the Kapanke selection. The legal council decided that these were acceptable votes for Shilling.
I am an official observer of the Senate District 32 recount taking place in La Crosse County. I will post quick notes after each day of the recount.
Let me know if you have any questions about the proceedings or suggestions about what to focus my observations on. I think this is going to be a terrific experience in how our elections work and I look forward to any feedback you might have.
Day one was mostly about learning the procedures that the canvassing team goes through. They spent a lot of time verifying the numbers from the official canvas for some of the smaller municipalities and the larger ones will begin tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more!
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”