An email to McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan, the information in which would have been put on the suggestion sheet that used to be included in precinct materials given to every precinct:
Mchenry County Clerk
I am Elmer Zarndt Judge for Nunda 19.
Us Judges were very on happy with things went at the election>
Stating in your assignment letter you stated ” The following is a list of Judges you will be working with in your precinct as well as who the Technical Judge and Deputy Registrar will be.”
Then you said “We would like to have all judges become a part of the set up process and meet anyone that might be new.”
The only names on the list were Laura Mazrin, and James Wieser.
I picked up Nunda 19’s paper work, and contacted the other two judges about setup.
None had the names for the TJ or the DR, I had to call your office (which I should not had to do) to get their name and number,
which after I got their name and number, I called about set up.
At your classes we were told that the Technical Judge would be responsible for picking up and returning the Voter Books and the Voting machines, Jie Kim did pick them up, and tried to set up the Touch Screen, we had to help her (she did not even know where to plug in the power cord) us judges had set up the Tabulator and our Voter Books our selves.
I set up 19’s Voter books, when I turned them on to test, one was humming, if was the printer, a label came off and rapped around the exit roller and jammed, It had to have happened before we received it because none of the other printers tried to print.
I got most of the paper out except some stuck to the roller, I did not know how to take the roller out.
Then Jie tried she couldn’t either.
She did not know what to do, I told her to call your office after 4:00 AM.
I started to call your office a 4:15 AM, which at the class you said you would be there, all I got was a message office is closed, will open at 8:00 AM.
Tuesday morning when we got to sites at 5:00 AM and started to get ready to open things started to fall apart.
First the Technical Judge did not show up, 19 had a voter book down, we could not get the Touch Screen up running, 17 could not get any of there voter books running, your chat site was not open, and could not get a hold of your office, your Deputy Judge know less then us judges.
By this time it was 6:00 am we had to open as best we could. We tried all day left messages, on a couple of occasions one of us did get to talk to someone and was told there would be help out soon.
A young fellow did show up about 8:30, all he did was take one of 19’s working voter and placed in 17, which gave both 17 and 19 ONE book.
Since everything was going through only one book they started to run out of paper, we had to start taking the printer out of one of the down books to keep going.
At 6:00 19 had only one book that would print out a label when the working book ran out of paper, so we made a decision to look up the voter then had write out the affidat by hand.
We had a few voters that need to be register but could not because the Deputy Registrar could not get on to do it.
Your chat site came up when you started sending messages the polls would stay open until 8:30.
About 8:00 we started to talk how was going to take the electronic equipment back since we had NO TECHICAL Judge, I called your office to my surplice I got to someone and told her about the situation,
she had to check with some one for a answer, she came back and asked if we could bring them in.
I could have gotten all them on my truck but I do not think you would have liked it if they got all wet in the heavy rain we were having when we closed, and my other two judges did not have enough room for all the equipment, so I told the judges from 17 that they had to take their books and one of the voting machines, they said no they did not pick them up and they were not going to take them back.
I said we do not have room for all, it was either they take their share or wait until someone cane get there from your office to pick them up, that convinced them to take them.
One more thing with all the trouble we had, the extra work Laura and I had to do the extra time we spent, all the phone calls we made short handed we did not even have time to use the washroom or eat a lunch without having voters in front of us.
James Wieser was not much help.
I think Laura And I should get compensated for the extra work.
And the judges from 17 should get compensated for the extra time and returning equipment they didn’t have to return because of the no show of the Tech judge.
Nunda 19 Election Judge