The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 76 of 1,943
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64 GENERAL LAWS.
attention shall be especially called to them before each voter
SEC. 10. Preparation of Voting Machines.-It shall be the
duty of the County Clerk of each County where voting machines
are used, to cause the proper ballot labels to be placed on voting
machines, to cause the machines to be placed in proper
order for voting, to examine all voting machines in the presence
of authorized watchers for any interested persons, before they
are sent out to the polling places, to see that all the registering
counters are set at zero (000), to lock, in the presence of authorized
watchers, all voting machines so that the counting
machinery cannot be operated and to seal each one with a numbered
seal, a list of which numbered seals and the number on
the protective counters, together with the number of the precinct
to which it was sent, shall be kept as a permanent record
open to any citizen, in the records of the County Clerk. Such
inspection and sealing of voting machines shall begin at 9 A. M.
of the day before any election or primary election at which
such machines are to be used, and continue until all such machines
are sealed. When all machines are locked and sealed,
the key to each machine shall be placed in an envelope and
sealed, the signature of the County Clerk and the signatures of
two watchers of opposed interest (if there be such) placed
across the seal, and on the envelope shall be written the number
then on the protective counter and the number on the seal
of the voting machine, such envelope to be delivered to the presiding
officer of each precinct.
It shall be the duty of the sheriff in an election which the
county is charged with the expense of, the duty of the County
Chairman in the primary election, the duty of the Mayor in a
city election, the duty of the president of a school board in a
school election, and the duty of the authority holding such election
or primary election of any character, to have delivered a
voting machine or machines, to each and every polling place
where same is required by law to be used, at least one hour
before the time set for the opening of the polls in such voting
precinct. After the machine has been delivered, the same authority
shall cause such machine to be set up in the proper
manner and cause protection to be given so such machine shall
be free from molestation and injury. The same authority shall
cause to be delivered with each such machine a lantern properly
prepared to be lighted in emergency, so arranged that the
light from such lantern will illuminate the face of the machine
sufficiently that a voter may be able to read all the names on
such machine, and suitable for officers in examining counters.
The protective hood and screen of the machine shall be examined
to see that they conceal the actions of the voter properly,
while such voter is operating the machine. All poll lists and
necessary supplies shall be delivered to the presiding officer at
the same time the key or keys to the machine are delivered.
SEC. 11. Instruction of Election Officers.-Not less than
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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/m1/76/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .