Many people believe that the election results they see on television on election night are the final results, when, in fact, the outcome of the election is not official until the canvass is completed. Canvassing an election is the process for certifying election results.
The purpose of the canvass is to account for every ballot cast and ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals. State election laws regulate who is responsible for canvassing the votes, time-frame for completing the canvass and what information must be included.
The North St. Paul City Council is responsible for canvassing our City’s municipal election results.