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Published on Dec 3, 2008
Between 11 p.m. and midnight, the Elections team has a really good grasp of whats left to count and what remains in the field or enroute to 40 Tower Road (sometimes things happen—poll workers run out of gas, somebody forgets something, or there are many voters still in line at 8 p.m. and it takes longer to close that polling place, etc.). Its at this point when we determine how many more ballots remain to be counted and when we think it will be possible to post the last of the precinct returns. Certain protocols must be adhered to consistently. Certain groups of workers (like the Field Tech, Ride Along Coordinators and Receiving Station Attendants) are thanked and excused for the night. Its time to review what the results of the election are. And, last but not least, the last minute instructions for beginning the Official Canvass the following day are taking place among staff members.
According to Warren Slocum, the Canvass is the least understood and most important part of the election. Its where you audit the vote count and determine the integrity of the vote, sort out the remaining ballots that need counting, and conduct the one percent manual tally. The entire process must be completed in the 28-days following the election before the Chief Elections Officer can certify the official election results and report them to the Secretary of State for the record. While you wont see the canvass, weve included much of the procedures for your review.