The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 77 of 1,943
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FORTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE-FOURTH CALLED SESSION. 65
three days before an election or primary election, the authority
charged with holding the same, shall cause to be held a public
school of instruction for those who will actually conduct the
election or primary election at the polling places, such school
to be open to any interested person and notice of such meeting
being given to the public press at least 48 hours before same
is to be held.
SEC. 12. Preliminaries of Opening the Polls.-The key or
keys to the voting machine or machines shall be delivered to the
presiding officer of each precinct at least thirty minutes before
time for the opening of the polls, the seal of the envelope containing
the same to be unbroken, and the seal shall be broken
by the presiding officer only in the presence of at least two
authorized watchers for opposing interests (if there be such),
and shall only be broken after comparison shows that the number
written on the envelope and the number shown in the protective
counter are identical. If these numbers are found not
to be the same the seal shall not be broken until the County
Clerk or his representative shall arrive and deliver the correct
keys or until another and properly sealed machine is delivered.
If the numbers written on the envelope and the numbers on the
seal of the machine are not identical then the envelope shall not
be opened and the same procedure as above set out shall govern.
But if the numbers written on the envelope and the respective
numbers on the seal and on the protective counter are
found to be the same, the presiding officer shall open the doors
concealing the counters, and before the polls are declared open,
the election officials and each authorized watcher for any person
interested shall carefully examine each and every counter and
see that it registers zero (000). All of those last enumerated
then shall examine the ballots and satisfy themselves they are
in their proper places on the machine. The' election officials
shall cause to be conspicuously placed the sample ballots and
model for the guidance of the voters. All the persons authorized
to be in the polls shall satisfy themselves that the voting
machine is properly placed, being at least three feet from any
wall or partition or any other obstruction and that the face of
the machine is turned toward where the election officials and
the public may obtain a clear and unobstructed view of the same
at all times, except when the curtain on the machine is closed
for the casting of the ballot. The election officials and at least
two watchers of opposing interests (if there be such) shall
then sign a certificate setting out that the keys were delivered
intact, that the numbers on the protective counter and the seal
correspond wih that on the envelope, that all the counters were
set at zero (000) and that the ballot labels were in their proper
places. If any counter, however, shall be found not to, register
zero (000), the presiding officer shall write out a statement to
that effect and keep the same prominently posted throughout
the day showing the number that counter was found to register,
and in filling out the statement of canvass, he shall subtract
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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/m1/77/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .