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Locality: Appomattox County

File Name: Appomattox Survey 20210729

ObserversOlivia Daelynn, Diane
Date of interview07/29/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:06/29/2021
Time and date of response:07/08/2021
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?CDC guidelines, safety. Everything changing rapidly with laws and regulations
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?We will have enough machines, request remodel but declined. More voters at once
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 DetailsChief and Assistant Chief are opposite parties. "We do our best". Declare as independents. Word of mouth recruitment
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Someone in office 4-5 times per week. Meeting each month. All meetings advertised. not necessarily advertise all closed meetings.
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Ongoing VERIS send records. NCOA daily. 5 days for changes.
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?Through SBE but not locally. Has reached out to Health Dept. 2019 Risk limiting audit. 3rd party group conducts the audit.
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?None (Mentally incapacitated) Once per month. Opt out
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNone (Mentally incapacitated) Once per month. Opt out
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-07-01 00:00:00
Other list(s):NCOA got in July
12a. Are you confident that the voter file is accurate and up to date?No
12b. If no, what is/are your main concern(s) about the list?Too many glitches etc. Too much info. missing.
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Unknown, but will follow up.
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Not required to do that, not required to see ID
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES & S systems DS200, Express vote. Print Elect Newburn NC
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Contract with 3rd party, always the 3rd party.
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Email & a follow up. In general, not participating (candidates and parties)
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?Flash and firmware and software. Manual upload
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?Just different. Maybe COVID scared some people but we had high turn out
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?CARES $51K extra help. $9500 Foundation Center for Tech + Civic Life. Used to modernize the office, new floors, locked cages purchased, printer etc
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?No match, we look for the witness signature. No lack of integrity requiring a witness signature.
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?Inside only with staff. 1 box, precinct boxes, chief transported the entire box sealed. All together CAP officers counted.
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?Yes
23a. Any additional information?No cameras inside office. Not clear guidance on Nov 2020 drop box requirements.
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?N/A
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?No
25a. Any additional information?We have not participated. Bit of a threat with not having firearms at precincts.
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?2 yes and 1 no, Space limitations
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?No
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?Yes - Election official. No - space concerns for additional individuals observing. Typically but not attending.
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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