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Locality: Prince Edward County

File Name: Prince Edward Survey 20210811




ObserversKely Edwards and Diana Gill
Date of interview08/11/2021
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?Early voting last year was a concern but they worked through it. Waht kind of turnout will they have this year? Figuring out staff
2. Any other major concerns?Has full time assistant registrar but will they need more staff
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?Important to have more than 1 person
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 DetailsHave both - must have training. Get a list from each party of names that they want representing them
7. Is the county Board of Elections engaged in your work year-round, or mostly near elections?Yearly
7a. Any additional information?Meet when required or have concerns to deal with
8. When was the last audit of the voter file in your county?2021-07-01 00:00:00
8a. No. of days since last audit:
8b. Any additional information?June or July - done by state
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?
10a. Any additional information?never seen one
Record date and other list(s), if relevantnever seen one
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):Last month. State usually does once a year, may start doing more often
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?State sending a file to check on certain people to make sure they are in the correct county
13. How many households in your locality have more than 7 individuals registered at the same address? Number:never seen one / there is nothing they get to tell
14. During registration, how do you verify that voters are citizens?Check box + signature. Affidavit when they sign that their answers are truthful
15. There are three types of voting machines used in Virginia. Can you tell me which machines you use?ES+S from Print Elect / Scanners. - Paper Ballots
16. Who calibrates the voting machines, and can you please explain the process?People who are present - Registrar, vendor, Deputy + Electoral Board - Party Chairs. Outside vendor 3rd party Print Elect, first week or two in September
17. Do you invite party representatives to witness the calibration?Yes
17a. Any additional information?And also candidates
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?Does not have capability. New update to happen after next election. State approves machine they cannot make changes, thumbdrives
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?Curbside for anyone - thought was good. Check voter signature against one at DMV
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 ACT grant but very specific + used very little, rest went back
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 has one person, staff fully trained, sign off on training
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?Drop box in Registrar office, not one outside, drop box at each poll on election day, open, process, put in as marked and fill out form
23. Was there any time during the last election cycle when your drop boxes did not have video monitoring?No
23a. Any additional information?No drop boxes outside
24. Who is responsible for reviewing the video?If they did have one the Sherrif's office is who would review the tape
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?Unknown
25a. Any additional information?Would check with state
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?
27. Would you authorize international non-partisan observers from recognized election monitoring organizations?Unknown
27a. Any additional information?would have to check with state
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?Unknown
28a. Any additional information?Follow back up / would like more clarification
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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