The election results are in! City Officials met on Wednesday, May 15 in Council Chambers to canvass the votes for this past May 4 election.
With the election behind us, the canvass has taken place and the results are as follows: City Councilmembers Chad Patton, Place 3 and John Huffman, Place 5, will retain their places. Newcomer Ronell Smith will take Place 4.
Canvassing is the official tally of votes for any given election. Results that are posted on election night are deemed unofficial; therefore, a canvass takes place to account for every ballot cast and to ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals. This involves accounting for every absentee ballot, early voting ballots, provisional ballots, challenged ballots and even overseas and military ballots. So, when we say your vote counts, it really does!
Canvass meetings may not be made later than the 11th day after the election but may be made as early as the third day after the election.
Upon completion of the canvass, the City Secretary will prepare the certificate of elections for each new candidate. Before the elected officer may assume the duties of the office, the officer must first file a statement of elected or appointed officer acknowledgment and then take an Oath of Office.
All three Councilmembers are set to take the Oath of Office during next week’s City Council meeting on May 21 at 5:30 p.m.