I got there twenty minutes late. Actually, I thought this was going to be a two hour follow up on the earlier working group with Assembly attorney Julia Tucker. So I was surprised to see Hensley and most of the Assembly there. Hensley was finishing his report as I arrived and then took questions. There was no amplification and the Judge spoke softly facing away from the audience. Plus something (heating?) was making a lot of noise. The whole meeting took about 30 minutes. You can listen to the Municipal recording of the meeting. [You have to go to Archived Videos and Agendas. Hensley's Report Worksession is at the top today, but will move down as new videos are added. You can also try one of these:
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The written report and the supplemental can be found:
June 30, 2012 Report
July 24, 2012 Report
You can see other documents relating to the April 3, 2012 election at the Municipal Clerk's election page.
Hensley's Report Overview:
He said his first question was to determine if someone tried to manipulate the outcome of this election. The answer is no.
Second task, if no one intentionally tried, how did it happen? Someone took their eye of the ball - leadership in the Clerk's office for sure and while the Assembly had the right to expect the Clerk to run the elections well, clearly the Assembly needs to keep some oversight.
Basically felt that the key problem was the failure in ballot allocation in not realizing that turnout would not be like 2011 or 2010.
I don't really think that there was anything terribly significant said that you couldn't find by just reading the reports. The audio is just 29 minutes so if you really want to know, you can listen to it.
I didn't feel the Assembly was particularly deep in their questioning. Flynn did ask about the variety of ballots (there have to be different ballots because there are so many small special service districts that have elections.) Johnston asked about training for workers. Traini, Drummond, and Jackson-Gray asked about the voting machines.
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