Legal Definition and Related Resources of Canvass

Meaning of Canvass

To get together, inspect and scrutinize the election officer “s return and certificates. Jones v Cooper, 20 S. W.2d 458, 230 Kv. 566.

Canvass Alternative Definition

The act of examining the returns of votes for a public officer,

Synonyms of Canvass


  • ambire
  • analyze
  • ask
  • ask earnestly
  • audit
  • bring in question
  • carry on an inquiry
  • conduct an inquiry
  • count
  • delve into
  • dig into
  • discuss
  • dissect
  • examine
  • examine searchingly
  • explore
  • follow up an inquiry
  • hold an inquiry
  • inquire
  • inquire into
  • inspect
  • institute an inquiry
  • investigate
  • look about for
  • look into
  • make a survey
  • petition
  • poll
  • preexamine
  • probe
  • pursue an inquiry
  • question
  • report
  • request
  • research
  • review
  • scan
  • scrutinize
  • search
  • set up an inquiry
  • study
  • subject to examination
  • survey
  • take up an inquiry
  • throw open to inquiry
  • Associated Concepts: canvass a jury
  • canvass the members of a class

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What does Canvass mean in American Law?

The definition of Canvass in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

Primarily, to examine the returns and/or count the ballots at an election, either as governmental employees, or for private pollsters. But the term is also used to cover those persons who go from door to door to check if the voters there registered still reside there (or ever did), and to solicit their votes. And people [who] go door to door to solicit commercial orders, signatures on petitions, and charitable donations are also called canvassers.


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