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1 Post-Election Procedures 32 nd Annual Election Law Seminar County Election Officials

2 Overview Canvassing Elections Qualifying for Office Reports Note: Unless otherwise indicated all statutory references are to the Texas Election Code


4 Canvassing Elections “Canvass” – name given to the official examination of the votes cast in an election Unavoidable duty Mandatory, ministerial duty

5 Authority for Local Canvass Commissioner’s Court – for an election ordered by the governor or by a county authority Political Subdivision’s Governing Body – election ordered by an authority of a political subdivision (other than a county) [§ 67.002]

6 Time for Local Canvass Open Meeting Not earlier than the 8 th day or later than the 11 th day after election day [§ 67.003]

7 Time for Local Canvass NEW LAW: House Bill 985 (2013) provides that for an election held on the date of the general election for state and county officers, the time for the local canvass may be set no later than the 14 th day after election day. [§ 67.003]

8 Time for Local Canvass November 4, 2014 Election: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (8 th day after election day) thru Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (14 th day after election day)

9 Time for Local Canvass Remember: the canvass cannot take place any earlier than the day after the early voting ballot board judge reconvenes the ballot board to count any late ballot that arrive from voters outside the United States

10 Canvass Meeting Procedures for ordering, posting notice & conducting the canvass meeting should be in compliance with Texas Open Meetings Act (Chapter 551, Texas Government Code) Quorum - two members [§ 67.004]

11 Canvass Procedure Open returns for each precinct & prepare tabulation – Total # of votes in each precinct & Sum of precinct totals: Each candidate Votes FOR or AGAINST each measure – Total # of voters in each precinct who cast a ballot for a candidate or FOR or AGAINST a measure. [§ 67.004(b), (b-1)]

12 Political Subdivisions Using Regular Paper Ballots 1.Presiding Officer will deliver the sealed precinct returns contained in Envelope #1 and the early voting report prepared by the early voting clerk to the canvassing authority. 2.Authority will open the returns & prepare a tabulation. 3.The precinct returns may be compared with the corresponding tally lists contained in Envelope #1. [§ 67.004]

13 Political Subdivisions Using Electronic Voting System 1.Automatic tabulating equipment produces one set of election returns. 2.Canvassing authority has no tally lists to compare, but they still must prepare a tabulation of the precinct returns. [§ 67.004]

14 Canvassing Procedure Presiding officer shall deliver to the: – Local election register: Tabulation [§ 67.004(e)] – General custodian of election records: the precinct returns, tally lists, and early voting precinct. [§ 67.004(f)]

15 Recount If a recount is filed – does NOT halt the canvass meeting Canvassing authority must make a note on the canvass that a recount has been requested

16 Prohibited Activities may NOT open – Ballot Boxes may NOT recount - Ballots should NOT compare – poll list with return sheet

17 Comparison at Canvass Tally ListPoll List

18 Comparison at Canvass Tally ListPoll List


20 Certificate of Elections After completion of the canvass, presiding officer of local canvassing authority shall prepare a certificate of elections for each candidate who is elected. [§ 67.016]

21 Who is the Presiding Officer of the Canvassing Authority? County Elections – County Judge Primary Elections – County Chair

22 Certificate of Elections Candidate’s Name; Office to which the candidate is elected; Statement that the candidate has been elected to an unexpired term, if applicable; Date of the election; Signature of the officer preparing the certificate; & Seal by the officer preparing the certificate. [§ 67.016]

23 Statement of Officer Before an elected (appointed) officer may assume the duties of office, the officer must first file a Statement of Elected or Appointed Officer. Tex. Const. Art. XVI, § 1

24 Oath of Office All elected (or appointed) officers, before they begin their duties shall take the Oath of Office. Oath must be administered by someone authorized to administer an oath under Texas law. Tex. Const. Art. XVI, § 1

25 Who may administer the Oath of Office? A judge, clerk or commissioner of a court of record; A justice of the peace, or clerk of a justice court; A notary public; Secretary of state; or Judge, retired judge or clerk of municipal court. – NOTE: this is not an exhaustive list. See Chapter 602 of Texas Gov’t Code for complete list.


27 Precinct by Precinct Report County clerk shall prepare a report of the number of votes received in each county election precinct for each candidate for each statewide office or office of U.S. Representatives, state senator or state representative. Report shall be delivered to SOS no later than the 30 th day after election day in an electronic format. [§ 67.017]

28 Precinct by Precinct Report The report may be: – an electronic copy of the precinct returns; – an electronic copy of the tabulation prepared by the local canvassing authority; or – in any other electronic form approved by the SOS. [§ 67.017]

29 Partial Manual Count Purpose: to ensure the accuracy of the tabulation of electronic voting system results General custodian of election records shall conduct a manual count of all the races in at least 1% of the election precincts or in 3 precincts, whichever is greater, in which the electronic voting system was used. [§ 127.201 ]

30 Partial Manual Count Custodian shall select the precincts at random Begin the count not later than 72 hours after the polls close and the complete the count no later than the 21 st day after election day. [§ 127.201]

31 Time for Partial Manual Count November 4, 2014 Election: First day: Friday, November 7, 2014 (72 hours after election day) Last day: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (21 st day after election day)

32 Secretary of State will... In general election for state & county officers, primary election, & election on proposed amendment for state constitution or other statewide measure submitted by legislature: – Select the precincts to be counted – Not designate more than 3 offices or 3 propositions to be counted – Notify general custodian not earlier than the day after election day [§ 127.201(b)]

33 Notice General custodian shall post in the custodian’s office a notice of the date, hour, and place of the count [§ 127.201(c)]

34 Who May be Present? Each candidate is entitled to be present & is entitled to have a representative present Representative must deliver a certificate of appointment to the general custodian at the time of service

35 Reporting Not late than the 3 rd day after the count is completed, deliver the written report to the SOS

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