Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - With November's elections just three weeks away, Chippewa Falls is preparing its polling places with extra election inspectors to secure the legitimacy of the ballots.
News 18 spoke with Deborah Adams of Chippewa Falls. She said she was trained just two weeks ago to become one of Chippewa Falls' newest election inspectors. Tonight, she, along with another area resident, will be formerly appointed by the Chippewa Falls Common Council as election inspectors for the 2016-2017 election cycle.
As an inspector, Adams said her duties include registering voters with proper proof of residence and photo identification, as well as distributing ballots and collecting and securing the ballots throughout election night. Adams says because there are contentious races this November, she's been told by the Chippewa Falls' city clerk that the city's voting sites will be busy.
In response to presidential candidate, Donald Trump's comments about elections being rigged, Adams said it's not likely that a person can vote twice in an election because of the chain of procedures that are required of the voting process. "We have to let people know that we're taking ballots out of the machine because it's full and can't hold anymore,” Adams said. “Then, they have to immediately be secured in an envelope that has a lock attached to it. So, there's like a chain of custody for the ballots so that they're secured and safe at all times so that no tampering can happen."
Adams said the election inspector training was about five hours long over the course of two days. She said it is a paid position by the City of Chippewa Falls. She said on election day, her day will start at 6:30a.m., and it could last until as late as midnight. Adams is just one of 49 election inspectors in the City of Chippewa Falls. There are seven election inspectors for each of the city's seven wards.