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Locality: Louisa County

File Name: Louisa Survey 20210825

ObserversKelly Edwards & Diana Gill
Date of interview08/25/2021
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?Faith in elections - misunderstanding, confidence in process. Meeting with people one on one is helping. Restoring public trust in elections
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?Good relationship with county government
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 DetailsEqual numbers of chief and asst chiefs. Good representation including independants have never tried to split equally all the way down
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Board always involved. Close relationship. Trained in Poll books last night
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-08-25 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Ongoing
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?Hoppers processed daily comes from state department
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 gotten this list
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever gotten this list
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):
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?Do everything they know to do. Confident they do all they can. Cross check with dept of revenue
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Have no way to check this. Maybe census?
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Box checked under penalty of law
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?More than 3 machines used in VA, more like 4 or 5. Dominion ICE, Image Cast Evolution
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Done during Logic and accuracy testing - vendor testing during L+A 390 ballots, 9 ballot styles. Calibratesduring L+A testing
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Required by code. May show up at times
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?Thumb drives
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?Think it made more interest in voting participation when mailed application for mail in vote. Had biggest turn out to elections
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 Act + a grant. Primarily used for staff for early voting
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?Checking ballots for signature + 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?Box in vestibule used prior to election day. Has camera on 24/7 - checked daily
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?Sheriff department monitors camera. Election day - ballot drop bags at precinct at chiefs table. end of day 2 people / fill out logs each time drop box or bags touched
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?Sheriffs department. Was not viewed, no need
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?They have a page program. Government teachers at high school. Students 1/2 day shift - 1 day training
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?Always have observers - found observers to be disruptive at times - now doing training. Never had request for non partisan
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Yes
27a. Any additional information?Same answer as above
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?Notified of everything they do
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?Refused
30. Question Please characterize your interaction with the Registrar asHelpful Polite

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