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Locality: Loudoun County

File Name: Loudoun Survey 20210823

ObserversLipika, Amy, Loretta
Date of interview08/23/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/03/2021
Time and date of response:08/17/2021
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?The pandemic (masks will be mandated inside for the workers and voters). Judy is not aware of any mask mandate outside
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?Absolutely
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 2021 election 800 election offices required. Currently 793 (R) and 1268 (D)
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Monthly meetings on 1st Thursday of the month. Next meeting Sept 9th (Accomodate board member)
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2020-12-01 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?State reviews NCOA annually. However 2020 review was completed in Dec 2020 and purged 06/26. 2021 review done 7/2/2021
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?
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?2017-01-02 00:00:00
10a. Any additional information?Not required in VA. 2017 did one review for last 7 yrs (20/50 purged). Judy asked for a 2021 review & Electoral Board approved in April then closer to the time the Board declined 2 to 1.
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNot required in VA. 2017 did one review for last 7 yrs (20/50 purged). Judy asked for a 2021 review & Electoral Board approved in April then closer to the time the Board declined 2 to 1.
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-07-02 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:(Judy was uncomfortable) No report can be generated because no data
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Do not because per state code burden of proof is on the individual
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?Unisyn only
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?In-house maintenance. Logic and accuracy conducted by election officers (equal representation)
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?By election board & 1 of each party
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?Never, Unisyn is never connected (non-verbal gesture nervous, blinking continuously). Updated before hand (very hesitant)
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?
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?Grant (355,362) from Center for Tech & Civic Life used for early voting supplies, sample ballots, voter education, early voting equipment, staffing
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?Staff is aware, emergency is over (that was temporary)
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?See additional VA Ballot Drop off Guide. Retrieval document. 1 person has key and another the bad in separate vehicle
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?Refused
23a. Any additional information?Not applicable because all drop boxes were at libraries monitored by staff
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?Not applicable
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?Already have a robust page program of over 130 people
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?Case by case has t be authorized by electoral board
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Refused
27a. Any additional information?Case by case (would not commit to a definitive answer)
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?Judy said No, but Ricky said yeah they will pop in and out both parties know about this! Follow up question which party popped in? Don;t know (Ricky)
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 asPolite

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