(read this as a web-page: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/ElectionTeamEmail_2016-08-16 )
THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING TO JOIN OUR ELECTION OVERSIGHT TEAM!
This is our SECOND email since our big press conference announcing our big lawsuit win! We appreciate all of the comments you sent to us. You are a very impressive group and are grateful for your willingness to help ensure fair elections. If you are a newcomer, you can catch up by visiting Election Team
and reviewing earlier emails and phone conference calls.
PLEASE NOTE: Next conference call moved to THURSDAY, 8/18 to avoid conflict with Jill Stein event on Wednesday evening.
This Conference Call was held on:
- Thu, Aug 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Here is the archived video of the call
AGENDA for our meeting
- ATTENDEES: Please watch tutorial so you know how to set your name if you decide to call in by telephone.
- Short introduction
- Status report on our lawsuit and its implications.
- Trial starts Oct 3 and is scheduled for 3 days.
- Experts agree with us, all ballots must be included in the random selection in the audit.
- Now doing discovery and lining up expert witnesses.
- Planning for November
- Will need to have teams established and trained by mid October.
- We will be trying to get everyone to work together on state and district level.
- We have targeted the top 175 districts in the nation which comprises 50% of the voters out of the 8000+ districts.
- WI is a special problem as they use 3500 really small districts.
- Two aspects which can be applied to most districts.
- Boots on the ground in-person oversight -- must start when VBM ballots start to be returned (10 days before election in CA).
- VBM reception, sorting, screening, signature validation
- Polling place visits
- Provisional screening
- Manual tally room
- Chain of custody
- Be alert, you don't know what you will catch.
- Snapshot Oversight -- requires:
- notification letter to election officials notifying them of the need for the snapshot data file.
- oversight of chain of custody -- best to have overseers in election office making sure they cannot be manipulated.
- obtaining snapshot data file (preliminary results broken down by precinct, ballot type (VBM vs. Polls), and ballot option.
- Watching or participating in random precinct (or batch) selection.
- Make sure all ballots cast are included (the subject of our lawsuit)
- Requesting audit report (AKA "1% manual tally" in CA)
- Need to have the results of the races so these can be compared to the snapshot file.
- reviewing the results -- Variances that they report, how did they solve them.
- Check that snapshot file matches their computer report.
- Provide your results to Citizens Oversight.org wiki so we can build our archive of audits for future reference.
- Data collection from June Election
- There is so much that went on in this election but unfortunately, almost no one is collecting solid data. We want to do that.
- We have started a 5% sample of the sign-in rosters in San Diego
- This provides a wealth of information you can't get otherwise, such as number of cross-over voters, pure provisionals, etc.
- We are seeing that cross over ballots were treated as provisionals in terms of additional screening, but not included in benefits of being notified if your ballots was counted.
- This takes quite a bit of time, so far longer than the 10 minutes per precinct but we are getting faster.
- We can provide the data collection procedures we used in San Diego, and this can likely be applied to other districts.
- Your first step in other states: determine district priorities. See State Election District Targeting Procedure
- We will be trying to get groups together in each state and target district to do your best at providing oversight. Even if you just show up, it has value.
- We will be providing a sample notification letter which can be applied (with some alteration) for your state and district for the Snapshot Protocol
- Q&A -- Please send a chat message to the organizer so we can acknowledge you and you can unmute your microphone.