What happens after Election Day on November 4, 2008? How and when do the electors assemble and cast their ballots?
On or before November 10, 2008, each county will convene a Canvassing Board to officially count the votes cast for all candidates in that county. These returns will then be forwarded to the Secretary of State. On November 18, 2008, the Secretary of State will convene the State Canvassing Board, which will count the votes cast for the presidential electors. The State Canvassing Board will declare the persons receiving the highest number of votes for this office to be duly elected. The Governor will then transmit a certificate of election, signed by the Governor and countersigned by the Secretary of State, to each presidential elector. Minnesota Statutes 208.05. The presidential electors meet before noon at the State Capitol Building in St. Paul, on a day fixed by Congress (Monday, December 15, 2008). The Governor will then deliver to them a certificate of the names of all the electors. If an elector fails to appear by 9:00 a.m., the other electors will “elect by ballot a person to fill