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Locality: York County

File Name: York Survey 20210819

ObserversJerry, Kim, Aden
Date of interview08/19/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/13/2021
Time and date of response:08/13/2021
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?Make deadlines, getting ballots out on time. People have concerns after 202 elections. Best time to ask questions before 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?York County is very supportive
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?Unknown
6a. Provide DetailsHarder to do - very Republican. Non partisan is growing trend
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?York County very good, knowledgeable board. Chair, Sany Molineax very involved and supportive
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-07-01 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit: VA State has list maintenance process each year.
8b. Any additional information?A confirmation list is used when address conflicts. Alos, USPS data compared by state and conflicts address by mail
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?No
9b. If no, how often do they send a list?We check Obits and get court orders of incompetents. State sends death lists and felons
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 but asked her about this. Then said not allowed by law. Not Clear
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever but asked her about this. Then said not allowed by law. Not Clear
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):Do not have access. Overseen by state. We lack the authority. Many states exchange information on addresses. Voter regulations are antiquated considering commercial abilities to track residents
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?As much as it can be. Dont have extra 10,000 people.
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Dont know about it. Also, many military in York County who registered but retired + moved overseas
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?They are asked but no proof retained. Cannot use social security number
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES+S DS200 450 + Express Vote
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Testing before election. Electoral board marks ballots and run them to see if reading correctly. Also logic and accuracy testing
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Virginia requires we invite party chairs. Or chair of the party holding primary.
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?We get thumb drive from vendor + update during logic and integrity testing
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?Unknown
19a. Any additional information?Witness signature situation: problem is that you cannot be sure that person is legitimate. Believe state is looking at options. Early voting helped make election day problems easier to solve carefully.
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?
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?Do not have to be a signature match. No way of knowing if witness is legit.
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?State has a form we use. We have an outreach office who have radios to communicate with inside officers. An officer told to have eyes on box at all times.
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?Do not have them out at the curb.
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?N/A
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?No
25a. Any additional information?Wary of underage pages. Rather have people who can provide assistance to voters. More problems than value
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?Both registrar and board can authorize. I would not approve on my own. Board would probably be wary due to concerns about favoritism among groups
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?No
27a. Any additional information?Would discuss with electoral board which would authorize. Board would manage them.
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?No
28a. Any additional information?I heard someone is interested and they are welcome but we do not actively solicit an invite.
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?Yes
30. Question Please characterize your interaction with the Registrar asHelpful Polite

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