Monday, January 31, 2011

VA State Board of Elections calls for AG investigation in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Electoral Board via @VirginiaSBE twitpic

From the twitter account @VirginiaSBE from bottom to top (first being the most recent in the timeline of tweets – the board adjourned at 3:24 p.m.)

Sec. Rodrigues moves under 24.2-104 to have AG’s office conduct full investigation. This was a unanimous vote. #vaelections

 Sec. Rodrigues “this is an action we don’t take lightly” “or pass off lightly” “this bd understands litigation ” #vaelections

 Sec. Rodrigues confirms w/ AG office as to whether they could gather a grand jury if there are more serious violations 24.2-104 #vaelections

 Vice -Chair Harold Pyon “legal matter” and thinks needs to refer to AG’s office “take it seriously” and look into this. #vaelections

 hair Cunningham says “full-fledged investigation by AG office is what would make me feel comfortable with” #vaelections

Sec Rodrigues “mindful of fact this is last mtg & obligating a new bd to litigation, heard things unaware of & law was broken” #vaelections

 OR under 24.2-104 could ask AG office to look into this OR 24.2-1001 contact Commonwealth Attorney to pursue. #vaelections

Chair Cunningham asks Joshua Lief Counsel to State Bd. Says options: start precedings to remove GR and/or EB in circuit court #vaelections

Randy Wertz GR of Montgomery Cnty says to some extent he has to accept some responsibility. #vaelections

Chair Cunningham raises question of what extent do you accept responsibility? #vaelections

GR Randy Wertz of Montgomery Cnty is addressing the Bd. He’s addressing issues brought up by VA League of Women Voters #vaelections

Dean Dowdy of Montgomery Cnty says he is not minimizing this. #vaelections

Vice Chair Harold Pyon says if systematic mistakes are problem …. take job seriously …. have to do something as a bd ….. #vaelections

Dean Dowdy of Montgomery Cnty says “certain adjustments need to be made.” #vaelections

 Chair Cunningham asks Dean Dowdy of Montgomery Cnty Bd “to what extent is there any responsibility on your part for this?” #vaelections

VA League of Women Voters in Blacksburg says “systematic mistakes worry me and all of our citizens.” #vaelections

VA League of Women Voters in Blacksburg is explaining series of mistakes throughout the years. #vaelections

“This is not their 1st mistake” says VA League of Women Voters in Blacksburg #vaelections

VA League of Women Voters in Blacksburg says it is troubling to say “registrar must go” #vaelections

Making sure have cellphones that text, continue 10% provisional ballots being sent to precinct those r Montgomery Cnty’s plans. #vaelections

Plans include hiring an electronic pollbook specialist, have paper pollbook back up at precincts, improve communication #vaelections

Montgomery Cnty Bd says they have established set of plans to keep this from happening again in next election. #vaelections

Montgomery Bd “didn’t want to put an unreasonable barrier over a person to vote.” #vaelections

Montgomery didn’t want to run out of provisional ballots & have their citizen’s votes not count, that’s why didn’t use them #vaelections

Sec. Rodrigues says “13 people didn’t vote in their precinct” “provisional ballots weren’t used, which is what code calls for.” #vaelections

Sec. Rodrigues says “13 people didn’t vote in their precinct” “provisional ballots weren’t used, which is what cod calls for.” #vaelections

GR Randy Wertz of Montgomery Cnty explained they were prepared to restart machines, but the restart created issues. #vaelections

Vice Chair Harold Pyon is asking where the vendors were for the machines says “have to be expected machine goes wrong.” #vaelections

Out of that 22, 5 precincts had issues. Every officer of election had the same training. #vaelections

Vice Chair Harold Pyon is clarifying with Montgomery Bd about the training & use of EPBs. 22 precincts and a CAP in County #vaelections

Vice Chair Harold Pyon is clarifying with Montgomery Bd about the training & use of EPBs. 22 precincts and a CAP in County #vaeledctions

Brand new technology of EPBs presented problems for Montgomery Cnty on Nov. 2nd says local bd. #vaelections

EB in Montgomery Cnty “had 30 seconds to make decision” concerned citizens wouldn’t be able to vote & decided machines faster. #vaelections

They were concerned about having to need 25,000 ballots and run out of ballots. Concerned citizens wouldn’t be able to vote. #vaelections

Montgomery Cnty Bd that morning were concerned about never getting electronic pollbooks (EPBs) operational #vaelections

Worried they wouldn’t have enough provisional ballots. #vaelections

Montgomery Cnty bd is explaining they didn’t have paper poll books & that morning 2 precincts can’t log on electronic pollbooks.#vaelections

Sec. Rodrigues asks”why weren’t provisional ballots used” in Montgomery Cnty. Montgomery Cnty bd is explaining.

Vice Chair Harold Pyon is confirming Montgomery Cnty’s 1st time cnty used electronic poll books. #vaelections

Sec. Rodrigues stated “not every voter voted in their precinct, which is contrary to VA law.” #vaelections.

GR Wertz is stating he can’t say what was done at exactly each polling place regarding this issue in Montgomery Cnty. #vaelections.

Sec. Rodrigues is asking Chair Dowdy what means were used in checking IDs during Nov. 2nd elections. #vaelections

Dean Dowdy, Chair of Montgomery Cnty Electoral Bd is speaking & is here to answer questions along with GR & other bd members. #vaelections

She says “Take opportunity.” #vaelections

Terry Ellen Carter says to board “you can do your part to correct Montgomery. Have opportunity to shore up democracy in VA.” #vaelections

Terry Ellen Carter says GR is “passing the blame on the people, technology, state of Virginia.” ” . . . even blamed old people” #vaelections

Terry Ellen Carter is now addressing the Board about what she felt went wrong in November 2nd election in Montgomery County. #vaelections

Posted By Valerie Garner

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