14 years ago
teams of three and each team had an auditor to supervise. The procedure was
to sort the votes from one precinct into piles, one sorting two watching.
Then count the R votes by another judge while the other two watched. Then
judge three counted the D votes while the other two watched. Finally the
sort judge counted the other votes pile while other two watched. Then the
auditor compared all totals to known values for election day. If there were
any discrepancies we found the reason.
First, comments on the voting equipment. Out of all the votes, I seen two
that the machine didn't count that a human would. On one vote, the person
had made a check by the dem., wrote NO and then filled in the box for the
independent. On the second, an extremely dirty person had voted Rep.; the
machine thought the heavy smudges was an over vote. The equipment was able
to count circled names, checks for votes, light pencil marks, etc. Truly
amazing. (It also showed me that we have way too few idiots here in rural
MN, we need to import some kalifornians)
Now, of course, observers were present. Eight workers in the room and an
average of 15 -20 observers. We began the day by listening to objections by
the lawyer from one group. The county attorney was called to receive the
objections and decide.
We then started. Yours truly was first sorting judge. Big mistake. I was
immediately sited for not calling out the vote on each ballot. Again, all
the attorneys did their thing and the ruling was this is not necessary.
Started again, and very quickly your truly was sited for speeding. I slowed
down, the objection was renewed. So, I ignored this one. Guess what, we got
all the attorneys together and got a ruling on the appropriate speed. Also a
ruling that the crowd could only talk to the auditor not the judges
OK, we started at 0800, and we finally got going good at 1000. Then this
same side starts objecting to individual votes. Coffee stains, circle not
filled in completely, stray marks on the ballot, checks for candidate, dirt
on ballot, on and on. Frivolous stuff in my view.
By the end of the day it had become obvious (to me) that this group had a
hidden agenda. they had objected to almost exactly 5% of the votes, all for
the other candidate. These votes are not part of the official count for the
day, they go to the state canvassing board for review before reporting. The
media will only get to see the official count for the day and now it has
been distorted. So, it will look like their candidate is the winner for now.