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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