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Board of Canvassers
Thursday, April 16 2009
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Room F, Fond du Lac City/County Government Center
Town Board Supervisor Recount

AGENDA

Notice of Recount for the Office of Town Board Supervisor
for the Town of Taycheedah in the Spring Election


TO: All Candidates On The Ballot For the Office of Town Board Supervisor for the Town of Taycheedah and Other Interested Persons

FROM: Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk, Town of Taycheedah

SUBJECT: Recount of the Votes Cast for the Office of Town Board Supervisor for the Town of Taycheedah in the Spring Election

DATE: April 13, 2009



A recount of the votes cast at the April 7, 2009 Spring Election, for the Town of Taycheedah will begin at the time and location set forth below:

Thursday, April 16, 2009
9:00 a.m.
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center
160 South Macy Street
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Room F

A copy of the recount petition is attached. This notice is given pursuant to s. 9.01(2), Wis. Stats.

You have the right to be present and to be represented by counsel to observe and challenge the votes cast and the board of canvassers’ decisions at the election.



MINUTES


The Town of Taycheedah Board of Canvassers met on Thursday, April 16th, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., in Room F, of the Fond du Lac Government Center. Canvassers present were: Chief Inspector Virginia Schneider, Judy Simon, Judy Barrett, Jean Sabel and Lorraine Thome. Also present were Supervisor candidates James Bertram and James Rosenthal II. Clerk Brenda Schneider provided support and direction to the Board of Canvassers.

A recount petition was filed by James Bertram on April 10th, 2009.

All four candidates were personally notified on April 13th, 2009, of the date and time of the recount. The Notice of Recount was publicly posted on the Town’s four bulletin boards on April 14th, 2009 and the media was notified on April 14th, 2009.

The April 7th election results were as follows:
Tim Simon 662
Ann Simon 278
James Rosenthal II 477
James Bertram 474
Write-ins 3
Undervotes 262

The absentee voter log was reviewed for consistency. It was noted that for every entry on the log there was a written/signed request for an absentee ballot from each of the voters. The total number of absentee voters was 31. It was noted that no military absentee ballots have been received since the close of polls on April 7th.

The Town’s and the County’s poll lists were reviewed for consistency. The following discrepancies were noted:

#451 Alphonse Braun-County book
#451 Ambrose Braun-Town book
It was noted that Ambrose Braun voted absentee in the April 7th election.

#798 Lawrence Caird-County book
#798 Sue Caird-Town book
An election official recalled Lawrence Caird voting on April 7th.

#610 David Dorn-County book
No matching number in the Town book
An election official recalled David Dorn voting on April 7th.

#559 Tom Grebe-County book
#562 Tom Grebe-Town book

#528 Sandra Karls-County book
#526 Sandra Karls-Town book
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It was noted that Mrs. Karls voted absentee in the April 7th election.

The summary page was not completed after the close of the polls in either poll book. The last voter number was 1,078. Voter #1,078 is listed in page 105. And there were 31 absentee voters. All absentee voters were properly marked in the poll books with the exception of Ambrose Braun.

Detailed review of the poll books indicated that three numbers were missed and three numbers were used twice.

The Canvassers deemed the discrepancies in the poll lists did not warrant pulling any ballots.

The ballot box security seals were verified as those secured on the box by the election officials after the close of polls on April 7th. The seals on the ballot box were cut and removed at 10:15 a.m. All voted ballots were removed from the box for visual inspection.

The 31 used absentee envelopes were reviewed and verified for voter signature and witness signature. All 31 absentee ballots were located and verified for proper initials. It was noted that the election officials did not need to reject any absentee ballots during the April 7th election; nor were there any defective absentee ballots. All 31 absentee ballots cast on April 7th were deemed valid.

The 3 write-in ballots, as recorded on the totals tape, were located and verified. One vote each was cast for Donald Duck, Ed Braun and Bill Johnson. It was noted that two additional write-in votes were cast that the Eagle did not record due to a failure to connect the arrow next to the write-in vote. These additional write-in votes were cast for Ed Braun and Mike Wirtz. These additional write-in votes were recognized as undervotes by the Eagle.

The election day ballots were reviewed and verified for the initials of two election officials. One ballot contained only one set of initials. This ballot was deemed invalid and therefore removed from tabulation.

The remaining 1,077 ballots were counted and verified.

The remaining 1,077 ballots were reviewed for undervotes. All 262 undervotes were validated.

The Canvassers verified the Eagle’s ballot storage compartments were empty. The prom pack was inserted into the Eagle. The test ballots were inserted into the Eagle for tabulation as was done during the public test conducted prior to the April 7th election. The test results were
verified for accuracy in properly recording the pre-marked ballots. It was noted that the test vote totals matched the pre-determined results. The Eagle test results were zeroed from the prom pack.

During the manual review of the 1,077 ballots, the Canvassers pulled four ballots that were marked lightly. The four ballots were manually tabulated then inserted into the Eagle. The Eagle test results matched the manual tabulation results. Therefore, the Canvassers determined that the

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Eagle was able to read all four ballots accurately. The Eagle test results were again zeroed from the prom pack. The four ballots were returned to the other voted ballots.

The Canvassers took a lunch break from 12:20 to 1:25.

All remaining 1,077 ballots were hand-tabulated prior to insertion into the Eagle.

Hand tabulation results were:
Tim Simon 662
Ann Simon 278
James Rosenthal II 476
James Bertram 472

The Eagle results were:
Tim Simon 662
Ann Simon 278
James Rosenthal II 476
James Bertram 474

There was no explanation for the difference in the vote count for James Bertram other than human error.

The Eagle results were verified as the expected totals noting that the removal of the one invalid ballot would reduce James Rosenthal II’s vote total by one.

The Board of Canvassers declared Tim Simon and James Rosenthal II the winners of the two supervisor seats on the Taycheedah Town Board. The Board of Canvassers issued a Summary Statement of the Board of Canvassers and Certificate of Determination for the Election for the supervisor race.

All of the ballots were returned to the ballot box. Security seals were attached. The ballot box and all other election documentation were returned to the Fond du Lac County Clerk’s Office.

The meeting of the Board of Canvassers adjourned at 3:42 p.m.



Attest _________________________________
Brenda A. Schneider
Clerk




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