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A petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes.  Synonym: solicitor.
Someone who examines votes at an election.  Synonym: scrutineer.
Someone who conducts surveys of public opinion.  Synonyms: headcounter, poll taker, pollster.  "A headcounter counts heads"
A person who takes or counts votes.

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"Canvasser" Quotes from Famous Books

... Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. They were indefatigable in canvassing for him. On one occasion, when the conflict for votes was intense, a butcher offered to vote for Fox on condition that the Duchess of Devonshire would allow him a kiss. The enthusiastic canvasser, perhaps the most beautiful woman then living, granted it amid deafening cheers. Nor was Mrs. Crewe less efficient. At a private banquet in honor of Fox's triumph, the Prince of Wales gave as a toast, "True Blue, and Mrs. ...
— The Friendships of Women • William Rounseville Alger

... very Christian in its primary idea. It is encouraging the humble; it is saying to the modest man, "Friend, go up higher." Or if there is some slight defect in canvassing, that is in its perfect and rounded piety, it is only because it may possibly neglect to encourage the modesty of the canvasser. ...
— Orthodoxy • G. K. Chesterton

... argumentative group of people outside a public-house or a sluggish movement towards the schoolroom or village hall, there was scarcely a sign that a great empire was revising its destinies. Now and then one saw a canvasser on a doorstep. For the most part people went about their business with an entirely irresponsible confidence in the stability of the universe. At times one felt a little absurd with one's flutter of colours and one's air ...
— The New Machiavelli • Herbert George Wells

Words linked to "Canvasser" :   petitioner, United Kingdom, inspector, examiner, suppliant, UK, teller, canvass, canvas, solicitor, U.K., requester, supplicant, inquirer, fundraiser, headcounter, Great Britain, querier, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, questioner, scrutineer, enquirer, vote counter, asker, Britain

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