Montana Code Annotated 1995

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     7-2-2712. Canvass of returns -- proclamation of results. (1) The board of county commissioners of each county, acting as a canvassing board, must, within 10 days after the holding of the election, canvass the returns of the election. Within 5 days thereafter, the election administrator of each county must make and enter in the records of the board a statement of the vote in the county and transmit to the secretary of state, by registered or certified mail, an abstract thereof, which shall be marked "election returns".
     (2) Within 10 days after receiving the abstracts from all counties in which the election was held and on notice from the secretary of state, the board of state canvassers shall meet and canvass, compute, and determine the vote. The secretary of state, as secretary of the board, must make and file in his office a statement of it and transmit a copy thereof to the governor.
     (3) Upon receipt of the copy, the governor shall issue a proclamation declaring the result of the election and shall file a copy of the proclamation in the office of the secretary of state and transmit a copy of the proclamation to the county clerk of each of the counties in which such election was held. Each county clerk shall file the same in his office and present the same to the board of county commissioners of his county if the board is then in session; otherwise, at the first meeting of the board after the copy has been received by the clerk.

     History: En. Sec. 8, Ch. 105, L. 1937; R.C.M. 1947, 16-4008; amd. Sec. 287, Ch. 571, L. 1979.

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