Details for CANVASSING BOARD November 12, 2020 The

CANVASSING BOARD
November 12, 2020
The City of International Falls’ City Council convened a Canvassing Board meeting held in the Council
Chambers of the Municipal Building on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the hour of 4:00 P.M.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Buller and Ditsch.
Mayor Droba, Councilor Briggs, media, and public via BlueJeans Conferencing.
All members noted they could hear the others and the discussion.
MEMBERS ABSENT:

Councilor Krause

OTHERS PRESENT:

Betty Bergstrom, Deputy City Administrator; Ken Anderson, City Administrator;
and Emma Rud, Administration Support Specialist

The following votes were cast in the ballots tabulated for the municipal offices in the November 3, 2020
General Election and were presented to the Canvassing Board by Deputy City Administrator Betty Bergstrom:
OFFICE

EAST WARD

CENTER WARD

WEST WARD

TOTAL

463
470
35
18
5

464
339
20
19
5

693
470
26
18
5

1,620
1,216
81
55
15

402
491
4

345
464
3

542
626
2

1,289
1,581
9

Mayor
Harley M. Droba
Kerry Meyers
Michael Bahr
Andrew Piekarski
Write-In
Councilor At-Large
Pete Kalar
Mike Holden
Write-In

City Question 1
“Do you vote for the ordinance to allow the keeping of chickens in the City of International Falls,
Minnesota, as submitted by petition of electors?”
YES
NO

494
433

426
420

503
704

1,423
1,557

The tally sheets were reviewed by the Canvassing Board.
ACCEPTED ELECTION
RETURNS AS
PRESENTED

Upon review and consideration of the tally sheets for the three
(3) voting Wards of the City, presented by the Deputy City
Administrator, and canvassing of the returns, the consensus of the
City Council as the Canvassing Board is to accept the returns.
MOTION by Councilor Briggs to accept and approve the
number of votes cast for the November 3, 2020 general election
results for each of the three Wards as attached; and furthermore,
hereby declare Harley M. Droba as Mayor-elect, Mike Holden as
At-Large Councilor-elect, and that City Question 1 “Do you vote
for the ordinance to allow the keeping of chickens in the City of
International Falls, Minnesota, as submitted by petition of electors?”
shall not become a valid and binding ordinance of said City due to
insufficient votes to approve. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller
and carried unanimously. The Abstract and Return of Votes Cast
certification document was distributed for signing and all members
present of the City Council executed the document (see attached).
Mayor Droba also recognized and thanked Deputy City
Administrator Betty Bergstrom, staff, and election judges for the
long hours, dedication, and excellent coordination of activities
exhibited working with Tom West, Koochiching County Auditor, in
running an accurate and smooth election during a pandemic with
unusual circumstances.
Certificates of election will be issued to the following candidates
when the deadline date for contesting elections has passed:

CERTIFICATES OF
ELECTION

Mayor
Councilor At-Large
ADJOURNMENT

Harley M. Droba
Mike Holden

Mayor Droba adjourned the Canvassing Board meeting at 4:10 P.M.

Harley M. Droba, Mayor

ATTEST:

Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator
Attachment: 2020 General Election for City of International Falls, Original Abstract and Return of the Votes Cast.
OFFICE

EAST
WARD

EAST
WARD
ABSENTEES

CENTER
WARD

CENTER
WARD
ABSENTEES

WEST
WARD

WEST
WARD
ABSENTEES

TOTAL

Mayor
Harley M. Droba

245

218

217

247

317

376

1620

Kerry Meyers

248

159

203

136

273

197

1216

Michael Bahr

18

17

7

13

11

15

81

Andrew Piekarski

11

7

7

12

7

11

55

Write-Ins

4

1

3

2

2

3

15

Pete Kalar

215

187

174

171

270

272

1289

Mike Holden

291

200

237

227

319

307

1581

4

0

03

0

1

1

9

YES

312

182

247

179

270

233

1423

NO

214

219

184

236

336

368

1557

At-Large
Councilor

Write-Ins

City Question to
Allow Chickens

We, the legally constituted City Canvassing Board, certify that we have herein specified the names of the persons receiving votes
and the number of votes received by each within the City at the General Election held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
As appears by the returns of said election in the three precincts in INTERNATIONAL FALLS, duly returned to, filed, opened, and canvassed,
and now remaining on file in the office of the city administrator. Witness our official signature at 4:00 PM, November 12, 2020
in International Falls this 12th day of November , 2020.
Brian Briggs, At-large Councilor
Leon Ditsch, East Ward Councilor
Joseph Krause, Center Ward Councilor
Walt Buller, West Ward Councilor
Harjey M. Droba, Mayor
City of International Falls

State of Minnesota
County of Koochiching
City of International Falls
1, Betty Bergstrom , deputy city administrator within and for this City do hereby certify the within and
foregoing 2 pages to be a full and correct copy of the original abstract and return of the votes cast for
Mayor and At-Large Councilor in the General Election, held in this city on the 3rd day of
November , 2020.
Witness my hand and official seal of office at city hall in said city this

12th

day of November , 2020.

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