Must the board of canvassers always consist of three people?

The County Board of Canvassers, the Municipal Board of Canvassers, and the School District Board of Canvassers always consist of 3 persons:  Boards of Canvassers are comprised as follows:

  • County Board of Canvassers:  The County Clerk and two qualified electors of the county appointed by the clerk. 
  • School District Board of Canvassers:  The School District Clerk and 2 qualified electors of the school district appointed by the clerk.
  • Municipal Board of Canvassers:  If the municipality has one ward or one set of results, the canvass shall be conducted publicly, and the election inspectors shall act as the municipal board of canvassers.  The municipal board of canvassers is required only when municipal offices or referenda appear on the ballot.  Ss. 5.15(6)(b), 7.51, and 7.53(1), Wis. Stats. A separate board of canvassers, comprised of the municipal clerk and 2 other qualified electors appointed by the clerk, is required when the municipality has more than 1 reporting unit or more than 1 set of results.  The municipal board of canvassers meets to complete and sign the canvass statement within 24 hours after the polls close.  S. 7.53(2), Wis. Stats.  2/11/2003

Ss. 7.53(1), (2) and (3), 7.60(2), Wis. Stats.  3/12/2003