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Locality: Radford City

File Name: Radford City Survey 20210902

ObserversJoshua Pratt, Kathy Meckley
Date of interview09/02/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/27/2021
Time and date of response:08/30/2021
Did the registrar refuse to meet you:No
If yes, please provide the reason given for not meeting:
Survey Answers
1. What is your biggest concern about the upcoming election?Disinformation & Malinformation. People do not have a clue on what happens in elections
2. Any other major concerns?
3. Do you feel like you have the resources, equipment, personnel, and training needed to run an effective election in November?Yes
3a. Any additional information?Poll watcher sufficient, too many on occasion
4. If no, what is missing?
5. The county election board is supposed to consist of 2 Democrats and a Republican under a Democrat governor, but in some areas, boards have had trouble finding willing Republicans and have appointed an Independent instead, or another Democrat. What is the situation in this county?2D+R
6. What about precinct staff? Are you able to have equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans?Refused
6a. Provide DetailsTry to balance it out. Good trained civic minded people.
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Mostly near elections
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-07-27 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?List maintenance - 400 purged from list
9a. Does the Health Department send a list of deceased people to your office every month so they can be removed from the voter roll?Refused
9b. If no, how often do they send a list?Once a month. Not directly to our office. Felon list often
10. When was the last time the Clerk of Courts submitted a list of individuals who declined to serve on jury duty on the basis of being a non-citizen?
10a. Any additional information?Never seen that happen
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever seen that happen
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?
Other list(s):Comes through VERIS system
12a. Are you confident that the voter file is accurate and up to date?Yes
12b. If no, what is/are your main concern(s) about the list?It is fluid, it is an ongoing process. NVRA - year cycle "AVOID" 1993 Fed law 1996 VA law
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Does not know how to obtain a list. Discussed voter rolls
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Check box, affidavit, motor voter registration (relying on DMV - there are issues there). Basically honor system
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?Dominion ICE. Audio Answer
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Atlantic Election Services
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?
18a. Are voting machines ever connected to the internet?No
18b. If they are not connected to the internet, how and when are they updated?Never. The new EAL requirements, best practices for machine voting. State board requirements. 1 time prior to May election 2016 Downloaded into firmware. L&A prior to each election - slated for firmware in the next year.
19. As an election professional, do you think the changes made in the election process in Virginia in response to COVID have weakened election integrity, strengthened election integrity, or made no change in election integrity?No change
19a. Any additional information?In office / Confused voters Beginning of the end of the trust. Early voting is the most secure builds community / face to face
20a. Did you receive any funding or in-kind contributions for training, staff, voter education or equipment, or any other purpose from outside the state of Virginia?No
20b. If yes, what was the funding or contribution used for?CARES Act - paid for expansion of office. Will not apply for grants / Zuckerbucks. Wants to reflect the true cost of election postage is expensive.
21. Effective Jul 1, 2021, Senate Bill 1097, eliminated requirements for voters to have a witness signature on absentee ballots for any election during a declared state of emergency. The Governor has now rescinded the state of emergency. How are you training your staff to ensure that there is a signature match for the upcoming elections?There is no verifying / never been helpful. New law for curing. False sense of security
22. There is a lot of concern in Virginia and across the country about the security and integrity of the ballot drop boxes. What are the chain of custody procedures for ballot drop boxes?One with a key 2 cameras trained on them. D requested box on campus
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?CAll Electoral Board
24b. Were party observers present during the review?Refused
25. Would you provide training and support, or designate us to provide training and support, for an election day page program as described in 24.2-604.3?Refused
25a. Any additional information?Do not utilize High School page "They get in the way"
26. Would you authorize non-partisan election observers with the same rights as party representatives; as described in 24.2-604.5 A?No
26a. Any additional information?Not autonomously and not without the board
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Yes
27a. Any additional information?Qualified yes
28. Have your local party chairs been notified that they are entitled to send observers to your office each day it is open and receiving in-person absentee ballots?Yes
28a. Any additional information?Very aware
29a. Do you have a publication that you provide to your election officials regarding rights and responsibilities of observers?Yes
29b. If no, would you be willing to distribute such a publication that we would prepare based on Virginia law?No
30. Question Please characterize your interaction with the Registrar asHelpful Polite

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