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canvassing

making personal representation to individual persons to solicit their custom. Usually used in a political sense but also used in the sense of touting for professional patronage, considered to be an unethical practice in most countries.
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The Palm Beach County supervisor of elections and the canvassing board just threw up their hands and said we don't know what to do.
168(3)(c), because if the canvassing board "reject[ed] a number of legal votes sufficient to change or place in doubt the result of the election" the court should not defer to its decision.
166) ("the Manual Recount Statute") create an unconstitutional two-tiered system for counting votes by allowing a candidate to seek, and by allowing a county canvassing board the absolute discretion to grant, manual recounts to reconstruct "undervotes" only in heavily populated counties where the candidate received a disproportionate share of the vote, thus diluting and debasing the vote of those who voted in counties that favored the candidate's opponent where no manual recount would be conducted.
Yet it is best read to say that the canvassing boards had to present tallies to the secretary in a week, though leaving her with the power to extend the deadline.
Speaking out of turn, too, apparently, was Pam Iorio, the Democratic elections supervisor of Florida's Hillsborough County; she cheerfully told a reporter, the day the Supreme Court stayed the last official recount, that her canvassing board had kept right on separating "under-vote" ballots that afternoon, the better to tally them expeditiously should the count resume.
4PALM Beach County canvassing board is still waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to say if it can start its hand recount of ballot cards.
The speculation led to Nick Stephenson, deputy chairman of MG Rover, canvassing board members, who all told him they were not party to press leaks and were fully behind the company's strategy.
The county's canvassing board member Carol Roberts has called for police protection after receiving death threats.
The Palm Beach County Canvassing Board approved the "chad test" back in 1990.
22, a few hours after GOP demonstrators noisily banged on the doors of the Miami-Dade board of election canvassers, Al Gore personally telephoned Penelas -- in order, say Gore's aides, to reassure himself of the mayor's support after the canvassing board called off its manual recount.
Amid the on-going legal challenges, Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas and Investigative Correspondent Mark Hosenball report on allegations that members of the Miami-Dade canvassing board were intimidated by the highly political Cuban-American community to stop the hand recount of some 10,000 "undercounted" ballots.
In Miami-Dade, where the election canvassing board halted the hand recount, an official tells Newsweek that David Leahy, the county's election supervisor, was against the recounts from the beginning.