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Locality: Mecklenburg County

File Name: Mecklenburg Survey 20210715

ObserversOlivia, Rick, Diana
Date of interview07/12/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:07/06/2021
Time and date of response:07/06/2021
Did the registrar refuse to meet you:No
If yes, please provide the reason given for not meeting:N/A
Survey Answers
1. What is your biggest concern about the upcoming election?People's faith in the election process. Use of Dominion voting software and the 2020 misunderstanding campaign.
2. Any other major concerns?No, his county supports his office.
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?Yes, for the most part.
4. If no, what is missing?Representative officers are 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?No
6a. Provide DetailsWe are wroking on it. It's a tough thing to do, we need trained individuals.
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Asked them to meet monthly. Minutes online, scheduled dates, etc
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Audit last year. A true audit is tough because some data you don't have.
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?But Governor's office and state police. Check obituaries. SBE takes 4 years to purge. 310 purged after 2020 election.
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 to my knowledge
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever to my knowledge
11. When was the last time you had access to the National Change of Address List or any other change of address list?2021-07-12 00:00:00
Other list(s):After every Federal election
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:
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?If they put a check mark in the box
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?Dominion Ice. (Since 2015)
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Third party. Observers only showing for November elections not local elections. Invites political parties (including independents) to observe master tape locked and sealed.
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?Just bought webcams to record calibration
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?No capabilities for internet connectivity. Third party Atlantic elections - do the firmware on the machine
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?In person, no change. By mail, weakened because got rid of witness signature
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?CTLC - Center for Technology + Civic Life - voting advocacy group. Grant process ($22K) Hazard pay, training equipment etc CARES ACT.
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?Only 2 staff. One sends out, one processes. He does the signature match.
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?None in Mecklenburg outside. Kept inside. Red metal boxes at each precinct. Sealed and numbered. Seal number at the top. Chief signs the paper. One member with numbered ballots taking them to the Central Absentee Ballot Precinct office.
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?Never did they have video monitoring because inside office
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?N/A
24b. Were party observers present during the review?Refused
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?I am the one blamed if something goes wrong.
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?My opinion, don't know depends on what election
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Yes
27a. Any additional information?But not during a presidential election because it is too crowded already.
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?
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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