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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 dead man was an episode that was past, an incident that was dropped, in a canvas covering with a sack of coal, while the ship sped along and her work went on.
Calderdale Council is carrying out its annual canvass of electors and is warning that even if you've been registered in the past you could be taken off the electoral register if you don't respond during the canvass.
To be on the safe side, the headmaster also included a list of governors of the school in his letter, the aldermen, councillors and notables of the district, and bade Carwyn canvass their support, adding that he would do the same himself.
The successful supplier will be expected to carry out the following services (please note this list is not exhaustive): The printing and postage of Individual Electoral Registration Forms, Packs and Letters for all bulk canvass issues; The printing and postage of smaller volumes of the same documentation involved in the bulk canvass issue on a rolling basis out with the canvass period; The printing and postage of Poll Cards for each of the three unitary authorities; The scanning of the A3 forms (single sided) resulting from the issue of Individual Electoral Registration Forms, Packs and Letters for all bulk canvass issues.
Because Harris County has 10 days to canvass those results and the governor's office has an additional four days after that, the spring election likely means SD-6 will not have representation until mid-March.
sponsors college students from Albany State University and Darton State College to canvass a local neighborhood to learn the health needs of children and adults in the Radium Gardens neighborhood.
RESIDENTS in the Caerphilly council area are urged to ensure they are on the electoral role by responding to the annual canvass.
Yet, according to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit's (BAU) Child Abduction Response Plan (CARP), the neighborhood canvass is, perhaps, the most vital step in missing children cases.
Now is the time for people to make sure they have filled in and returned the annual canvass forms they have received through the post, to make sure they are on the electoral register.
Aquino, who ran under the Liberal Party banner, garnered 15,208,678 votes, while Binay of the Filipino Democratic Party-Force of the Nation flag got 14,645,574 votes, the official tally of all 278 certificates of canvass showed.
Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri had said the canvass would be finished on Thursday and Congress could declare Aquino the winner on Monday or Tuesday, four weeks after the vote and three weeks ahead of the June 30 deadline.
The certificates of canvasses that were electronically transmitted by the city and provincial board of canvassers to the joint Congress would be the basis of the canvass of the National Board of Canvassers," explained Arroyo.