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Posted on: June 27, 2022

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The county board of canvassers, which is composed of the members of the board of county commissioners, conducts the final canvass in local elections and the intermediate canvass in national and state elections. In the case of intermediate canvasses, the CEO sends an abstract of the county election results to the Secretary of State’s office, where the figures are tabulated in preparation for the final canvass of national and state election results. 

The time and place for the county canvass, whether intermediate or final, is governed by KSA 25-3104 and 25-3105. The place is the county election office, unless the canvassers decide to hold it at another location and the CEO publicizes the change. The canvass begins between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on the Monday after the election except the CEO may move the canvass to any business day no later than 13 days following the election. Notice of the time and place shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county prior to the canvass. The election officer might move the canvass to allow more time for processing provisional ballots and making other arrangements for the canvass, or it might be because of scheduling conflicts which make it difficult to convene the canvassing board on Monday. Whichever day is chosen, the canvass is usually completed that morning or the afternoon of the same day, but on occasion the canvassers might recess and complete the canvass another day due to scheduling conflicts, the number of races to be certified, requests for recounts, or other reasons. 


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