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Locality: Buchanan County

File Name: Buchanan Survey 20211018




ObserversDiana
Date of interview10/15/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:10/15/2021
Time and date of response:10/15/2021
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?Misinformation, 3rd party forms. Complaints about dead people getting info
2. Any other major concerns?No major concerns. Not real busy
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?202 "Real tight"
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 DetailsWe try, non-partisan indications
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Meet often. No website to do minutes, being posted "difficult"
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Purge in Feb 2021. SBE files / Felony monthly
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?Never requested, SBE gets it
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
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-02-01 00:00:00
Other list(s):
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?
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Not sure
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?The application
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?Dominion
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Atlantic Election Srvices. Checks for ballot. Uses discs and runs the test
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?No. Both sides do not participate. EB is present during calibration
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?not connected during updates
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?Trying to keep sanitized and wear maskes. Extra workes / CARES Act $$
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?Yes
20b. If yes, what was the funding or contribution used for?USC Swarzenegor Institute $9,947. Center Tech + Civic Life $12,275.25. Cases for cleaning supplies, officers, extra PPE. Sneeze guards
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?Highligh B envelope on witness, only 3 returned so far
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?Just 1 at registrar office
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?Yes
23a. Any additional information?
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?Registrar / Asst. Reg.
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?Willing to consider
26. Would you authorize non-partisan election observers with the same rights as party representatives; as described in 24.2-604.5 A?Unknown
26a. Any additional information?Electoral Board decision
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Unknown
27a. Any additional information?Electoral Board decision
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?Not asked to observe
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?Unknown
30. Question Please characterize your interaction with the Registrar asHelpful




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