Virginia for Election Transparency

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Locality: Montgomery County

File Name: Montgomery Survey 20210907

ObserversKathy Meckley, Carol Mathis, Josh Pratt
Date of interview09/07/2021
Time and date of initial call and email:08/27/2021
Time and date of response:08/30/2021
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?Meeting the deadlines - early voting. Misinformation - absentee information
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?County supportive. Well trained staff - hiring new one. 2 staff going through mail. > 60,000 registered voters. Currently sending out absentee ballots on 13th
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?Refused
6a. Provide DetailsUnaffiliated currently. 37 R / 20% of officers. 32 agreed to work still working on it. 25 precincts !D + 1R at every precinct
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?About once a month - no set schedule
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-07-20 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?Yearly list from Dept. of Elections. VA Tech students
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?Comes from vital statistics. Hopper VERIS - match obituraries
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 - not required to send
Record date and other list(s), if relevantNever - not required to send
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):No access - comes through Hopper VERIS
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?As much as we can be / VT Students concern
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:Have no way of knowing
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Question on application, attesting to it.
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES+F Dominion. Unisyn 2.1 software
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?Testing by vendor, board + staff there L + A testing
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?
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 - update by vendor / only time thumb drive entered until election over
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?Unknown
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?No
20b. If yes, what was the funding or contribution used for?CARES - temp staff, extra ballots folding machine - 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?Don't compare signatures. No guidance from Dept of Elections to do so
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?State form - use it. 4 cameras offsite. MP1 for early voting + 2 wks at community center. Drop bag - staffed 8:30 - 4:30 5-6 people work. staff member pick up excel spreadsheet available for daily #'s
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?Board + commonwealth attorney
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?Yes
25a. Any additional information?Provided 3 HS students interested. Page needs to be supervised up to area poll - up to board allowing
26. Would you authorize non-partisan election observers with the same rights as party representatives; as described in 24.2-604.5 A?No
26a. Any additional information?Consult with board
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?No
27a. Any additional information?Consult with board
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?Welcome to come + ask to come but have not notified
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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