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What is the “Day of Canvass?”

The “Day of Canvass” is when the county board of elections compiles election results from all precincts and makes the official report of the outcome of the election within the county. The board meets at 11 a.m. on the 10th day after every election held on the same day as a general election in November of the even-numbered year, and at 11 a.m. on the seventh day after every other election, to complete the canvass of votes cast and authenticate the count in every ballot type in the county by determining that the votes have been counted correctly.

In most cases, the canvass meeting is held at the county board of elections office. Following the county canvass, the state board approves the official election results.

To conduct the canvass, the county board examines the returns from precincts, including:

  • absentee official ballots,
  • sample hand-to-eye paper ballot counts, and
  • provisional ballots.

While North Carolina's process of compiling election results begins at individual voting precincts after the polls close on election night, the "canvass" process continues when the county board of elections compiles election results from all precincts and makes the official report of the outcome of the election within the county.

Canvass Monitor Commitment Form

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2020 General Election Canvass Monitor Training

During this informative training from leading election experts, learn best practices to monitor the all-important post-election county canvass process, including how to make sure more absentee and other votes count in this important election.

Canvass and Coronavirus

Encourage your county BOE to offer virtual or phone meetings with real-time public comment for those who can't attend.

Use our handy one-pager to learn why is this year’s “Day of Canvass” so important — and crucial to count every vote (and make sure every vote counts).

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Learn more about the stakes surrounding the 2020 Canvass.

Find out what to expect when monitoring the Day of Canvass with our new 2020 Canvass Monitoring “Cheat Sheet.”

Canvass Monitor "Cheat Sheet"

Check out what to expect and look for at the 2020 General Election canvass meetings.

Are you ready to be a canvass monitor and report back to us on the results of your county’s canvass? 

Online Canvass Monitor Report Form

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Printable Canvass Monitor Report Form

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Got questions about canvass monitoring and how you can play a part? Email elections@democracync.org