Voter Prep

City of Winchester employees Scott Seal (left) and Mark Wilson load the bottom portion of a ballot scanner into a truck for transport to a polling place while preparing for last November's election.

WINCHESTER — Jurisdictions in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and throughout Virginia are taking part in a risk-limiting audit (RLA) of local voting machines.

Review boards in each of the commonwealth's 133 localities will check a sampling of ballots from the Nov. 6 presidential and senatorial elections to make sure local voting machines accurately recorded the results. Each review will be open to the public, but capacities will be limited in each jurisdiction due to social-distancing requirements necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frederick County will conduct its RLA at 5 p.m. today in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in the county government's administration building, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester. Winchester and Clarke County will each convene a review board at 10 a.m. Thursday. Winchester's will meet in Winchester Circuit Court chambers in the Joint Judicial Center, 5 N. Kent St.,Winchester, and Clarke County's will meet in Clarke County Circuit Court chambers, 102 N. Church St., Berryville.

The statewide RLA is not connected to the "Stop the Steal" controversy stirred by former President Donald Trump following his Nov. 6 loss to President Joe Biden, which cast suspicions upon the accuracy of ballot results across the entire country. Rather, the audit was initiated in 2018 by the Virginia Department of Elections and incorporated into state code by the General Assembly.

According to section 24.2-671.1 of the Code of Virginia, "The Department of Elections shall coordinate a post-election risk-limiting audit annually of ballot scanner machines in use in the commonwealth. ... The purpose of the audits shall be to study the accuracy of ballot scanner machines."

Each locality in Virginia is being told by the state Department of Elections how many paper ballots must be matched to voting machines in order to ensure that each machine accurately recorded the votes.

Sample sizes in each jurisdiction will represent a tiny sliver of the total presidential and senatorial votes cast on Nov. 6. Winchester Voter Registrar Elizabeth Martin said the city will only have to review four ballots, and officials are still waiting to hear which ballots will be designated by the state for inspection. As of Monday afternoon, Frederick County and Clarke County were still waiting to hear how many and which ballots each will need to review.

Clarke County Voter Registrar Barbara Bosserman said Virginia's smaller localities may not have to report their RLA results to the state Department of Elections. That's because state officials have indicated the data from less-populated areas — Clarke County's total population is just 14,619, about half the city of Winchester's and about one-sixth of Frederick County's — may not be required in order for state officials to determine the overall effectiveness of voting machines throughout the commonwealth.

If any problems with the voting machines are detected, Martin said it will not change the outcomes of the 2020 presidential and senatorial elections because those votes have already been certified. However, it will alert localities to any problems that need to be corrected prior to each jurisdiction's next election.

The next scheduled election in the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be on May 4 in the town of Berryville. Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County will send voters to the polls for a statewide general election on Nov. 2.

Results of Virginia's RLA will be announced on March 2 by the state Department of Elections.

For more information about this week's RLA, visit the Virginia Department of Elections online at elections.virginia.gov.

— Contact Brian Brehm at bbrehm@winchesterstar.com

(38) comments

coachmilburn

More evidence ... Learn how Dr. Shiva (who has 4 degrees from MIT) lost his bid for the senate in Massachusetts on the electronic machines used ...

This "audit" in this article will not find what Dr. Shiva discovered that 1 person does not equal 1 vote ...

https://rumble.com/vdzs15-dr.-shiva-ayyadurai-on-election-anomalies.html

Watch the entire segment starting at segment 33:00 ...

https://rumble.com/vdzu6d-episode-743-heading-towards-fascism-w-camarota-swain-krikorian-dr.-shiva-dr.html

Avenger21

Are you even sure you know what today is?

coachmilburn

"The Evidence" ...

https://rumble.com/vdlomr-unveiled-the-2020-election.html

john brown

"Representative Devin Nunes accused YouTube of being overly censorious toward his channel and began posting his videos on Rumble. Other prominent conservatives and libertarians such as Dinesh D’Souza, Sean Hannity, and Representative Jim Jordan soon followed."

nothing partison about "rumble.com"[rolleyes]

coachmilburn

Anyone concerned with VA election integrity, you need to contact our representatives and ask them to look into ...

DelBWiley@house.virginia.gov

DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov

DelWGooditis@house.virginia.gov 

VA10JWima@mail.house.gov 

jillvogel@senate27.com    

Catherine Giovannoni

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coachmilburn

Need to email Andrea too who works for Dept of Elections ... as of today Feb. 25th ... no response from Andrea.

From: coachmilburn

Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Subject: VA election integrity ...

To: Andrea.Gaines@elections.virginia.gov

Dear Andrea,

Will there be a "forensic" audit conducted? 

Wonder why the VA voter could not get anyone to address his concerns in the Feb. 18th article below?

Is an 1980 audit program good enough to audit an election for 2020?

Thank You!

Virginia Voter Identified 1.7 Million Vote Difference Between State Report and Externally Reported Data But Then Couldn’t Find Anyone to Address His Concerns

By Joe Hoft

Published February 18, 2021 at 7:52pm

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/virginia-voter-identified-1-7-million-vote-difference-state-report-externally-reported-data-couldnt-find-anyone-address-concerns/  

November 23, 2020It's in the Code: Hanky-Panky in Virginia's VotesBy Nick Chase

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/its_in_the_code_hankypanky_in_virginias_votes.html  

Virginia Now Starting Another Garbage Audit – Using a 1980 Audit Program to Catch 2020 Voter FraudBy Joe Hoft

Published February 17, 2021 at 12:14pm

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/virginia-now-starting-another-garbage-audit-using-a1980-audit-program-catch-2020-voter-fraud/ 

coachmilburn

Here is copy of email I sent to our reps and no response as of today Feb. 25th:

From: coachmilburn

Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 11:36 AM

Subject: VA election integrity ...

To: DelBWiley@house.virginia.gov, DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov, DelWGooditis@house.virginia.gov, Representative Jennifer Wexton VA10JWima@mail.house.gov, jillvogel@senate27.com

Dear Bill, Dave, Wendy, Jennifer and Jill,

Will there be a "forensic" audit conducted? 

Wonder why the VA voter could not get anyone to address their concerns in the Feb. 18th article below?

Is an 1980 audit program good enough to audit an election for 2020?

I look forward to getting an answer from each of you individually and I would appreciate you not REPLY ALL, BCC or CC anyone else on this email that I have addressed.

Thank You!

Virginia Voter Identified 1.7 Million Vote Difference Between State Report and Externally Reported Data But Then Couldn’t Find Anyone to Address His Concerns

By Joe Hoft

Published February 18, 2021 at 7:52pm

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/virginia-voter-identified-1-7-million-vote-difference-state-report-externally-reported-data-couldnt-find-anyone-address-concerns/  

November 23, 2020It's in the Code: Hanky-Panky in Virginia's VotesBy Nick Chase

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/its_in_the_code_hankypanky_in_virginias_votes.html  

Virginia Now Starting Another Garbage Audit – Using a 1980 Audit Program to Catch 2020 Voter FraudBy Joe Hoft

Published February 17, 2021 at 12:14pm

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/virginia-now-starting-another-garbage-audit-using-a1980-audit-program-catch-2020-voter-fraud/  

Cleo

Appreciate the hard work our Election Officials do for Frederick County and Winchester City. They should get a raise.

john brown

I agree. They are honest patriots.

Catherine Giovannoni

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john brown

you right wing seditionist confederates are as pathetic as you are racist and stupid

DFunk73

Racist like blm? Racist like demanding a woman of color for vp? Racist like Biden cabinet members who claim black are superior? Or racist like government subsidies for black and brown businesses only??? Save your breath racist boy.

Spock Here

"Someone" is having an attack of white victimhood today. Been skipping the WVANON meetings again? Relax, Black History month is almost over.

john brown

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Avenger21

You speak awful tough for someone under investigation...

Chupacabra

Voting should be done in person only, voters must present a photo ID issued by the state they are voting in. For military folks overseas, set up polling places at each base. Back to the basics.

Catherine Giovannoni

Virginia has made great strides in making voting easier for citizens of the Commonwealth. That's a good thing. If your party can only win by preventing people from voting, you're doing something wrong.

BillboBaggins

YES! PREACH!

john brown

"Back to the basics." why?because you loss. Oregon. Colorado, Washington State have been voting by mail for years with grand success. You "poll tax bigots" still fighting to bring back poll taxes for black folks. Welcome to 2021!

Chupacabra

Again with the name calling. Grow up. No poll tax was even mentioned in my post. It's not about the loss, it's about the appearance of fraud in the voting process. When one side wins, the other cries voter fraud. So, let's eliminate the chance for fraud, once and for all.

john brown

There was no fraud... can't you get that through your thick head. All of your efforts are geared toward suppressing the votes of people you do not agree with. Your party leadership has said that is the only way republiclan can win is by suppressing/denying people the right to vote because you have no platform other than hate. And I have told you, I call ducks, ducks. You are who we think you are.

BillboBaggins

I voted by main the entire time I was in the military. Each soldier lives in a different location. VERY very few have the luxury of being stationed in their hometown.

Chupacabra

I guess reading comprehension wasn't taught to you. I distinctly said to set up polling stations for military folks serving overseas.[rolleyes]

john brown

when did "conservatives" stop respecting the military...oh, that's right..the draft dodger tRump hated a real soldier John McCain

Chupacabra

LesLIE, if you don't like us conservatives, but follow everything we do, you are a fan.

john brown

I am here to keep an eye on you treasonous criminals

coachmilburn

Virginia Now Starting Another Garbage Audit – Using a 1980 Audit Program to Catch 2020 Voter Fraud

By Joe Hoft

Published February 17, 2021 at 12:14pm

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/virginia-now-starting-another-garbage-audit-using-a1980-audit-program-catch-2020-voter-fraud/

coachmilburn

t's in the Code: Hanky-Panky in Virginia's Votes

By Nick Chase

November 23, 2020

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/its_in_t

coachmilburn

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/its_in_the_code_hankypanky_in_virginias_votes.html

john brown

Stop pushing lies "coach"

john brown

"Under threat of litigation, in January 2021 American Thinker published a retraction of false, unsupported, and debunked stories it published asserting that Dominion Voting Systems engaged in a conspiracy to rig the 2020 presidential election against President Donald Trump, acknowledging, "These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact."[15][16][17]"

Avenger21

Don't expect the INT 3 crowd to read more than they want to.

john brown

The Gateway Pundit is an American far-right fake news website. The website is known for publishing falsehoods, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories. Founded by Jim Hoft in 2004, The Gateway Pundit expanded from a one-person enterprise into a multi-employee operation that is supported primarily by advertising revenue. Wikipedia

coachmilburn

Wikipedia, now that is an incredible source to is open to anyone to edit!

john brown

So what they say about your "sources" is not true? You know Wikipedia speaks the truth about your lying sources. You need to stop pushing lies "coach". Do you cheat in sporting events as well.

Chupacabra

Anybody who uses Wikipedia as a source needs more sources.

john brown

anyone who uses sources of lies and far out conspiracy theories needs to keep their paranoia to themselves

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