Upon arrival in the processing room located on Level S of State Farm Arena, we were supposed to watch the processing of the Absentee Ballots from the observation area which was delineated by a fenced area of roping secured by posts. This observation area we were put in was very distant from the staff actually processing the ballots. The room where the ballot processing took place is a very large room, and this distance effectively prevented our actual observation of the process. In addition other areas of this – again very large – room were not visible at all from our observation area.
For example, the machine that copied the UOCAVA electronically received ballots (sometimes called military ballots) onto a paper copy of the same could only be viewed from the side and the doors to that area were positioned in a way that prevented us from viewing of this process. Additionally, the scanners that scanned the absentee ballots were not visible to us at all.
Sometime after 10 o’clock p.m., the counting activity slowed. Shortly afterward, a younger lady with long braided but blog hair yelled out to all of them they should stop working and come back tomorrow (the next day, November 4th) at 8:30 A.M.. Thereafter all but 4 election employees left State Farm, leaving just the blond haired lady (who Michelle and I assumed was the supervisor), to older ladies and Regina Waller at the location. This lady had appeared through the night and Michelle and I believed her to be the supervisor.
Another task we had been given by Brandon was to inquire how many ballots had been processed and how many were still left to go. We posed these questions to Regina Waller, the Public Affairs Manager for Elections. She seem uncomfortable at times answering us, and she called someone which we interpreted as asking for help on how to respond to us. Ultimately she refused to answer our questions and told us we had to “look it up on the website”. In all, we asked Regina Waller for this information at least three separate times and she would not give us an answer.
Attachment 28 Exhibit Affidavit of Mitchell Harrison
[This is directly related to this post.
I post this in response to those who say:
Nobody told them to stay. Nobody told them to leave. Nobody gave them any advice on what they should do. And It was still open for them or the public to come back in to view at whatever time they wanted to, as long as they were still working.
I would like to point out that to the best of my knowledge none of the responses from the poll workers are under oath or submitted such that they can be punished for perjury if they lied. If the affidavits in the court documents are knowingly in error then the providers of those documents are subject to criminal prosecution.
While it may be true the observers were not specifically told to leave the observation area there was no meaningful observation possible. The behavior toward of the poll workers was very suspicious (read Michelle Branton’s affidavit as well).
If they want to reassure the public the ballot counting was honest they should:
- Provide the video showing appropriate chain of custody of the ballot boxes from opening to when they were scanned and stored for recount.
- Do signature verification of all ballots with functional observation
- Recount the ballots with functional observation.
All case documents are here.—Joe]