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AI- 3874   4. A. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Special Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/16/2012  
Election Canvass
Submitted By: Steve Waterman, Commissioners Court Admin
Department: Commissioners Court Admin  

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RECOMMENDATION
Canvass and declare the results of the November 6, 2012, General Election in accordance with Chapter 67 of the Texas Election Code.
BACKGROUND
Time for Canvass (Election Code).

Sec. 67.003. TIME FOR LOCAL CANVASS. (a) Except as
provided by Subsection (b), each local canvassing authority shall
convene to conduct the local canvass at the time set by the
canvassing authority’s presiding officer not earlier than the
eighth day or later than the 11th day after election day.

(Since the 11th day falls on Saturday, it is permissible to canvass on Nov. 19, Monday)
DISCUSSION
Procedure for Canvass (Election Code)

Sec. 67.004.  PROCEDURE FOR LOCAL CANVASS. (a) At the time
set for convening the canvassing authority for the local canvass,
the presiding officer of the canvassing authority shall deliver the
sealed precinct returns to the authority. The authority shall open
the returns for each precinct and canvass them as provided by this
section. Two members of the authority constitute a quorum for
purposes of canvassing an election.
(b)  The canvassing authority shall prepare a tabulation
stating for each candidate and for and against each measure:
(1)  the total number of votes received in each
precinct; and
(2)  the sum of the precinct totals tabulated under
Subdivision (1).
(b-1)  The tabulation in Subsection (b) must also include for
each precinct the total number of voters who cast a ballot for a
candidate or for or against a measure in the election. The
secretary of state shall prescribe any procedures necessary to
implement this subsection.
(c)  The canvassing authority may prepare the tabulation as a
separate document or may enter the tabulation directly in the local
election register maintained for the authority. The authority
shall attach or include as part of the tabulation the report of
early voting votes by precinct received under Section 87.1231.
(d)  The canvassing authority may compare the precinct
returns with the corresponding tally list. If a discrepancy is
discovered between the vote totals shown on the returns and those
shown on the tally list for a precinct, the presiding judge of the
precinct shall examine the returns and tally list and make the
necessary corrections on the returns.
(e)  On completion of the canvass, the presiding officer of
the canvassing authority shall deliver the tabulation to the
custodian of the local election register unless it is entered
directly in the election register. The custodian shall preserve
the tabulation for the period for preserving the precinct election
records.
(f) On completion of the canvass, the presiding officer of
the canvassing authority shall deliver the precinct returns, tally
lists, and early voting precinct report used in the canvass to the
general custodian of election records. The custodian shall
preserve them for the period for preserving the precinct election
records.

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