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Board Action Request

Item Description:
Appoint two County Board members to the Hennepin County Canvassing Board; schedule the 2018 Primary and General Election Canvassing Board meetings

BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 204C.31, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appoints two of its members, Mike Opat and Jan Callison to the Hennepin County Canvassing Board; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Board establishes August 17, 2018 as the meeting date for the Hennepin County Primary Canvassing Board meeting and November 13, 2018 for the Hennepin County General Election Canvassing Board meeting.


Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 204C.31, a county canvassing board shall consist of the county auditor, the court administrator of the district court, the mayor or chair of the town board of the county’s most populous municipality, and two members of the county board selected by the board from its members who are not candidates in the election. Any member of the canvassing board may appoint a designee to appear at the meeting of the canvassing board.


The duties of the county canvassing board are to publicly canvass the election returns and to prepare a report that provides specified details.


The county canvassing board must meet on either the second or third day following the state primary. Therefore, the date of the canvassing board meeting for performing its duties related to the state primary is August 17, 2018.  For the general election, the canvassing board must meet between the third and tenth day following the state general election. The date of the general election canvassing board is scheduled for November 13, 2018.