What is Canvass?

Legal Definition
The act of examining and counting the returns of votes cast at a public election. Bowler v. Eisenhood, 1 S. Dak. 577, 48 N. W. 136, 12 In R. A. 705; Clark v. Tracy, 95 Iowa, 410, 64 N. W. 290; Hudson v. Solomon, 19 Kan. 180; People v. Sausa-lito, 106 Cal. 500, 39 Pac. 937; In re Stewart, 24 App. Div. 201, 48 N. Y. Supp. 057.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
To examine thoroughly; an examination.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary