Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who goes through a region soliciting votes in an election, or conducting a public opinion poll

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who canvasses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who solicits votes, mercantile orders, etc.
  • n. One who examines the returns of votes cast for a public officer; a scrutineer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who examines votes at an election
  • n. a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
  • n. a person who takes or counts votes
  • n. someone who conducts surveys of public opinion

Etymologies

canvass +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Any canvasser is free to add other Dems 'literature when they doorbell, but they'll have to find non-endorsed lit on their own.

    Democratic Endorsement Causes Rift Over Campaign Rules « PubliCola

  • Sounds like the 'phone canvasser is doing unknowns and potential squeezes and would therefore only expect a smallish proportion of new Labour iDs.

    Labour Leaflet 5 and phone canvassing

  • It was the kind of manner that he might have shown to a titled canvasser just before an election.

    The Jervaise Comedy

  • One of Salmond's favourite anecdotes is how his dad switched to SNP, appalled by the rudeness of a Labour canvasser who called them Scottish Nose Pickers.

    Alex Salmond: Scotland's new superhero | Observer profile

  • My mother, as well as an ogress, was a Nevada book-canvasser.

    CHAPTER III

  • As point of comparison [this may be embarrassing to someone, but I'm sorry: the story is too funny], a certain fellow canvasser while I in the office, Brad W., once found himself at the door with Courtney Taylor-Taylor of the Dandy Warhols [whom Brad instantly recognized], who came to the door with an irritated: "Uh . . . you interrupted my nap!"

    Here's a five (5) question "POP QUIZ" about ME!

  • And since I'm considered a "veteran" canvasser by this point — I've been with the office almost a year — and since I had a good night and met my fundraising quota for the week by Wednesday, no less, I figure, why not go ahead and tell Trent.

    Takin' a Break

  • In the meantime, she has slightly thrown away a chance to make a telling reference, not this time to Groundhog Day, but to that other great little driver and political canvasser Travis Bickle.

    The Pain of Elizabeth Edwards

  • And to make that canvassing easier, the committee provides a multimedia tool for the canvasser that allows them to answer voter questions with video and detailed bullet points should the sell be needed.

    A Virtual Arms Race: How Online Campaign Expenses Have Skyrocketed In 2010

  • For all the publicity about some ACORN canvasser registering somebody in Florida who called himself "Mickey Mouse," Mickey Mouse didn't vote and couldn't vote.

    Peter Dreier: Why ACORN Fell: The Times , Lies, and Videotape

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