The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 73 of 1,943
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FORTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE-FOURTH CALLED SESSION. 61
keep on file in the office of the Secretary of State a report of
such examination, which shall show whether the kind of machine
so examined can safely be used by the voters at an election
or primary election, under the conditions hereinafter
provided. If the report states that the machine can be so used,
it shall be deemed approved, and machines of its kind may be
adopted for use at elections and primary elections as herein
provided. Before making and filing such report, the Secretary
of State shall require such voting machine to be examined by
three examiners to be appointed by the Secretary of State for
such purpose, one of whom shall be an expert in patent law,
and the other two mechanical experts, and shall require of them
a written report on such machine, and which reports shall be
attached to the Secretary of State's report and be kept on file.
Each examiner shall receive the sum of one hundred and fifty
(150.00) dollars as his compensation and expenses in making
an examination and report as to each voting machine examind
by him. Neither the Secretary of State nor any examiner
shall have any pecuniary interest in any voting machine. When
the machine has been approved, any improvement or change
that does not impair its accuracy, efficiency or capacity, shall
not make necessary a re-examination or re-approval thereof.
Any form of voting machine not approved as herein set out,
or which has not been examined by voting machine examiners
and reported on pursuant to law and its use specifically authorized
by law, cannot be used at any election or primary election
in the State of Texas.
SEC. 2. Setting Out Requirements of Voting Machines.-A
Voting machine approved by the Secretary of State must be so
constructed as to provide facilities for voting for such candidates
as may be legally placed on a ballot in the State of Texas.
It must also permit a voter in a general election to vote for
any person for any office, whether or not nominated as a candidate
by any party but whose name is legally on the ballots as an
independent candidate, and must permit voting in absolute
secrecy. It also must be so constructed that a voter cannot
vote for a candidate or on a proposition for whom or on which
he is not lawfully entitled to vote. It also must be so constructed
as to prevent voting for more than one person for the
same office and at the same time preventing his voting for the
same person twice. It must be provided with a lock or locks,
by the use of which immediately after the polls are closed or
the operation of such machine for such election or primary is
completed, any movement of the voting or registering mechanism
is absolutely prevented. Such machine shall be equipped
with one or more protective counters.
SEC. 3. The Commissioners' Court of any County in the
State of Texas having a population of 150,000 or more, according
to the latest Federal Census, may, on or before July 1st,
1930, adopt for use in elections and primary elections, in at
least three (3) of the larger voting precincts in voting strength
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27], book, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16362/m1/73/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .