Even after votes counted, canvassers make tallies official

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Even if some candidates declare victory after close primary election results Tuesday, and others are declared winners in runaway totals, the tallies don’t become official until canvassing boards approve the final results.
In Wisconsin, state law dictates that the county canvass board shall open and publicly examine the returns “not later than 9 a.m. on the Tuesday after each election.”
County canvass boards then certify the results and forward them to the state for the final canvass and certification.

Wisconsin absentee vote had to be in at 8 p.m., but the Minnesotan ballot deadline is Thursday, so the Gopher States’ results may be more uncertain on Tuesday.

What’s more, in Minnesota, “Election results are not official until they have been reviewed and certified by a canvassing board,” according to the secretary of state website.

“On Election Night, county election officials enter unofficial election results on the Office of the Secretary of State’s website,” according to the rules.
The state canvassing board meets at the secretary of state’s office seven days after a state primary election to review and certify the results, the website states.