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Sheila Blair Comments: In response to Sally Kemp's Questons

'As long as there are humans involved with anything, including elections, there will be mistakes made. The last time I checked, none of us are perfect. So please don't be so quick to judge others for their mistakes, especially for something you've never been involved in or been a part of.' - SHEILA BLAIR
Comments about: Commentary: Election process questions & Adair Bd. of Elections
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By Sheila Blair
Personal Commentary

While I can not answer all of Sally's questions, there are a few that I can.

The seals on the machines:

The County Board of Elections places a seal on each machine after checking them prior to each election. The poll workers, after retrieving the supplies for election day, places another seal on each machine. These seals are not removed until the clerk is emptying them in preparation for the next election. The section of the machine which is locked by key and sealed contains voted ballots, there would not be anything that could be done with these, or not to my knowledge, even if one gained access to them.

MBB cards/Paper ballots:

The MBB card, that is located in every machine, is the "hard drive" for each voting machine. At the end of each election day, the poll workers retrieve the MBB card and bring them to the County Board of Elections. From there, they are placed in a reader machine which prints out the votes cast that day. After each election, including the November 2014 election, the County Board of Elections randomly picks a precinct to verify the MBB results against the voted paper ballots. During this process, the paper ballots a manually counted. The results of this has always been that the manual count and the MBB record of votes have matched with each other exactly. In fact, the machine that was randomly checked after the November election was a precinct in the city.

Quorum:

The vote cast by the County Board of Elections, with only 2 persons voting, is considered a quorum. While I am not an attorney, our County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, who does an excellent job I might add, verified this.

City residents information not being updated:

As far as the city residents or county residents, their voter information is updated as soon as possible after being received by the clerks office. The only thing that comes to mind with the year of 2000 being mentioned, would possibly be the census. The last census in 2010 resulted in several voter's precincts or school board districts having to be changed.

In closing, I'd like to offer some suggestions to the voters. If you feel you have mistakenly received an incorrect ballot, DO NOT VOTE IT, once you have placed it in the machine, there is nothing that can be done. This is the law. Speak to the poll workers about your concerns, or have them contact the clerks office. If, after having done that, you are still unsure of your ballot, meet with the County Board of Elections at the clerks office.

I hope this has answered some of the questions for Sally and others. I'd also like to suggest that if you have more questions or a bad perception of the election process, volunteer to be a poll worker, or visit the clerks office on election day.

As long as there are humans involved with anything, including elections, there will be mistakes made. The last time I checked, none of us are perfect. So please don't be so quick to judge others for their mistakes, especially for something you've never been involved in or been a part of.

Sincerely,
Sheila Blair


This story was posted on 2015-04-29 02:26:25
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