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Locality: Buckingham County

File Name: Buckingham Survey 20210815




ObserversKelly Edwards, Diana Gill
Date of interview08/11/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/02/2021
Time and date of response:08/02/2021
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?Getting information out about voting / early voting and getting voters to come out. Changes - Absentee envelopes
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?
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 DetailsMost of their poll workers classify as Independent
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Keep in touch quite often
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-06-01 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Done by state
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?Yes
9b. If no, how often do they send a list?Every month, they also check local funeral homes
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?Got one from DMV and was incorrect
Record date and other list(s), if relevantGot one from DMV and was incorrect
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-06-01 00:00:00
Other list(s):Going on currently / updated last week
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?Does their best
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Unknown / redistricting later this year
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?VA Drivers license / online and by person have to answer question
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES+S DS200 Ballot Scanners + Express votes
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Before every election, sends notification to party Chairs
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Republican and Democrat
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?Annual maintenance - all machines upgraded by July of 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?Weakened
19a. Any additional information?No witness signature required
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?Registrar does verification. Signatures not required to be updated.
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?Registrar checks every morning (manned entire day)
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?County monitors - does not review each day
24b. Were party observers present during the review?Yes
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?Currently does not have anyone in place for training
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?Typically require something from a candidate
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?No
27a. Any additional information?Have to be registered in VA, verify that they are representing a candidate
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?Unknown
28a. Any additional information?They come pre-processing / locked up until
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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