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Immediate Release: April 5, 2022
Contact: Celestine Jeffreys, Clerk
Election Observers are Present at Polling Locations and Central Count at City Hall Today
(Green Bay, WI) Today, Election Observers are present at polling locations across the City and at Central Count, which is located in Room 403 of City Hall. All polling locations and Central Count are open to the public. An Election Observer can be any member of the public, other than a candidate whose name appears on the ballot, that is permitted to observe voting at in-person absentee voting sites, polling places, and ballot processing at Central Count.
“Election observers are members of the public who visit polling locations to view the real-time activities of voters, poll workers and other staff. Observers are our neighbors; some represent a political party, some represent voter interest groups, some just represent themselves. All observers are there to better understand voting.” said Clerk Celestine Jeffreys
Here are the Election Observer rules for Polling Locations and Central Count:
Election Observers are welcome at polling locations if the observer complies with the state requirements for observers:
Election Observers may not engage in any activity that is intended to influence voting at an election, including interacting with voters, taking photos or videos inside the polling location, using a cellphone for voice calls, viewing confidential information on the poll list, handling official election documents, or displaying information or discussion about candidates, parties, or ballot questions.
Election observers have the right to challenge voter qualification but must do so in accordance with the procedures established in state law, including directing challenges to the Chief Inspector only. Election Observers may not direct comments to a voter, as this may be viewed as voter intimidation.
Central Count is the location where absentee ballots are counted. Central Count is located on the 4th floor of City Hall in Room 403. Central Count is open to the public. Election Observers must comply with the state requirements for Election Observers. Election Observers have the right to challenge the processing of absentee ballots. All challenges must be directed to the Chief Inspector. Video and still cameras are allowed at Central Count, which differs from Polling Locations.
City Clerk’s Office:
The City Clerk’s Office on the 1st Floor of City Hall is not a polling location today. The City Clerk’s office is open for a citizen to deliver the citizen’s absentee ballot to staff in the City Clerk’s office. Election Observers have the right to observe in-person, absentee voting at the City Clerk’s office, which concluded at Noon, April 2, 2022. The public is permitted in City Hall on Election Day; however, members of the public may not engage with citizens or listen to conversations between a citizen and the Clerk’s office during the delivery an absentee ballot when in-person, absentee voting is not taking place. This differs from the public’s ability and right to observe the casting of votes at Polling Locations, and the counting of absentee ballots at Central Count.