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Locality: Isle of Wight County

File Name: Isle of Wight Survey 20210824

ObserversGarnett & Nancy Gregory, Tammy & Richard Shoemaker
Date of interview08/24/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/12/2021
Time and date of response:08/12/2021
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?Satisfied with County, she feels good about her people & the board. She has good pole workers
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?Yes
6a. Provide DetailsFor the most part. Chief + Asst different parties. She trys to balence out, not always possible to get a Dem in southern part of county
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Mr Bell fully involved. Monthly meeting is good. Minutes of meeting on website
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?Confirmation mailing
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?Felons identified. Mentally incompetent identified
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?Not in years
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNot in years
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):2 times a year sent from Richmond
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:Email follow up. She is not sure
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?ID license, Online DMV check, Passport. Mail @ polls
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?DS-200 ES+S ES+O?
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Vaughn Tech Business in town. L&A Testing
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?By law
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 to her knowledge. ESS Print Elect, next spring. How can you ensure the update isn't compromised - Trust
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?Have to take word for it, groups are sending out applications and bringing them. You have to trust that the person who signed is truthful
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?Ballots. Main envelope, signatures employees
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?Dem & Rep pick up and bring here. They are in precincts under observation
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?Yes
23a. Any additional information?Never have. They are in the precincts
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?No one
24b. Were party observers present during the review?No
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?Yes
25a. Any additional information?
26. Would you authorize non-partisan election observers with the same rights as party representatives; as described in 24.2-604.5 A?Yes
26a. Any additional information?
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Unknown
27a. Any additional information?
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?
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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