November 12, 2020 Canvassing Board Meeting Minutes


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:





Harley M. Droba    463    464    693    1,620

Kerry Meyers    470    339    470    1,216

Michael Bahr     35     20     26     81

Andrew Piekarski     18     19     18     55

Write-In     5     5     5     15    


Councilor At-Large

Pete Kalar    402    345    542    1,289    

Mike Holden    491    464    626    1,581

Write-In     4     3     2     9


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    494    426    503    1,423

NO    433    420    704    1,557



The tally sheets were reviewed by the Canvassing Board.



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:


Mayor        Harley M. Droba

Councilor At-Large    Mike Holden



Mayor Droba adjourned the Canvassing Board meeting at 4:10 P.M.





Harley M. Droba, Mayor







Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator



Attachment: 2020 General Election for City of International Falls, Original Abstract and Return of the Votes Cast.


















































































































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