Pottawattamie County Open Records
I received the first 3 of these 4 items for each of the precints in the county.
I will post more when I complete going through the recived records.
My take on the world. My wife often refers to this as the WWW (Weird World of Washburn)
I am a simple country boy transplanted from the Piehl Township in northern Wisconsin to the Milwaukee metropolitan area who came down "sout" in 1980 for college and have stayed in the area since.
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I need 7,000 to 10,000 or more actual November 2, 2004 ballots.
I would like to know one way or the other if this sort and weigh proposal will work:
Does this work? Work fast enough? Work with multi-race ballots? Have sufficient check and balances and security to minimize fraud?
I want to get real world, empirical evidence of the viability of this proposal (or lack therof). I want to video record the whole 6-7 hours to DVD. The availability of the raw video as well as 30 second, 1 minute, 10 minute, and 30 minute versions is to blunt claims I have presented this in an out of context way.
I have a scale company here willing to lend me a $1500 high capacity, high sensitivity counting scale for nothing more than prominent product placement in the resulting video.
I have a film crew available (camera, lights, sound, and director) willing to donate the equipment and time in exchange for the copyright to the result and credit toward there film degree.
What I don’t have is a set of realist ballots to sort, weigh and count. I have 60 pound card stock and I could print a couple thousand mock ballots to test with. But, I thought I could use real ballots. The 22 month retention period for the November 2, 2004 election materials expires on September 2, 2006 . What is more realistic than actual ballots as marked by actual voters?
Unfortunately, my county clerk is adamant that no original ballots from any municipality in Washington County, Wisconsin will be released to any private citizen, let alone me. I am contacting the clerks of other counties. But, I thought I would throw the request out further.
What I need:
1) 7,000 or more ballots from November 2, 2004. The ballots:
a) Need not all be from the same jurisdiction. I was going to combine the ballots from the 4 polling locations in Germantown for a total of 11,557 ballots.
b) Must have the same ballots structure; i.e. the same set of races with the same set candidates printed in the same order.
c) Must be printed on discrete, uniform pieces of paper; the heavier the better. Optically scanned ballots would be best. But ballots from a Populex systemor Proofs of votes from an AccuPoll system would work as well. VVPAT toilet paper (Not discrete) or cut and dropped VVPAT will not work (not cut to uniform lengths).
d) Have at least 8 races on it.
e) Be interesting. I settled on GTown because it had 5 parties for party preference voting, 10 partisan races (some unopposed) and 4 non-partisan ballot referenda.
Can anyone help me find a jurisdiction with ballots from polling places which meet my selection criteria? On September 3, 2006 ballots from jurisdictions all across the country will be in dumpsters. I would like to rescue some of this trash and put it to good use.