CA_Alameda County Random Draw, Nov 2016
Citizens Oversight (2016-11-18) Lise Rehbock
This Page: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M1717
So, I was a witness to the random selection meeting. I was unable to video record it, as the employees of Alameda County Registrar told me that it is not allowed. I asked right away for the snap shot file. They did not have it, because they said that they are not finished with the final results, so they are not certified yet. They think it'll be finished by the beginning of next week.
As for the random draw itself, they do it with ping pong balls where each ball is represented by a precinct. Those balls with numbers printed on them, are mixed in the central chamber, and drawn one at a time. Such machines are transparent so the balls are visible throughout the entire process. They drew 12 balls with the following numbers: 21, 125, 402, 420, 466, 494, 567, 572, 582, 648, 735, 741. They said that there will be a conversion of those numbers to the precincts numbers after they are finished certifying all the races.
The supervisor reassured us that all the ballots are included in the random draw, the provisional ballots also.
It only took fifteen minutes at the most.
I was the only observer.
- When I walked into the hall way (in the basement of Alameda County Court) that is dedicated to Alameda County Registrar of Voters, an employee, at the first window, send me to the right room immediately which was three doors down the hall, on the same side.
- I went to that room immediately because I did not want to be late, and I was just in time.
- When I walked into the room, I saw that there was a big counter that separated the regular people from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters employees. I was never allowed to go on that latter side. There were three employees doing some other thing, and a female employee, Cynthia Cornejo, and her male supervisor, Tim Dupuis, getting ready to do the random selection. The receptionist made me sign a list of the people that came in. I also signed off before I left.
- Right away, I asked for the snap shot. First, they did not know what I was talking about, and after I explained it to them, they said that it would not be ready until all the races are finished, and the result certified. Cynthia Cornejo, who did the drawing, was hoping that it would be done fast, because reading all the ballots was almost finished, maybe during the afternoon of the same day.
- Without any warning, Cynthia Cornejo started right away to pull out the pingpong balls from the machine. Tim Dupuis was watching it.
- The balls were already numbered in the machine.
- As you mentioned, we are not sure all the precincts were represented in the machine because they were not marked off a list.
- Twelve pingpong balls were drawn with the following numbers: 21, 125, 402, 420, 466, 494, 567, 572, 582, 648, 735, 741. They said that there will be a conversion of those numbers to the precincts numbers after they are finished certifying all the races. It was recorded by Cynthia Cornejo with a pen on paper.