The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 78 of 1,943
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66 GENERAL LAWS.
such number from the number found to register on that counter
when the polls close. The machine shall then be opened for
voting and the polls formally declared on.
SEC. 13. General Provisions.-The presiding officer shall
be in general charge of the poll and shall see that the clerk of the
election properly checks off the name of each voter from the
poll list before such voter casts his ballot, that the poll tax certificate
or exemption certificate of the voter is stamped voted
with the date of the particular election or primary election with
the rubber stamp provided under the law or writes "voted"
with the date with pen and ink if no rubber stamp be provided,
the third election official, besides the presiding officer and the
clerk, shall be a mechanical expert and his duty shall be to see
that the voting machine is not tampered with and shall attend
the machine at all times. He shall inspect the ballot labels after
each voter leaves the machine to see that none have been
tampered with and to see that the machine has not been injured.
He shall see that the coverings of the counter compartments
of the machine are never unlocked or opened so the
counters are exposed during voting except for good and sufficient
reasons, a statement of which shall be made and signed
by all authorized persons in the polls and attached to the returns.
SEC. 14. Instructions and Assistance for voters in the polls.
-In addition to the sample ballots and model hereinbefore
mentioned, which shall be prominently displayed and the particular
attention of each voter thereto called by the presiding
officer, if any voter after entering the machine, but before the
curtains thereof are closed, shall desire further instructions,
two watchers of opposing interests (if there be such) under the
direction of the presiding officer shall give such instruction
without asking, persuading or otherwise trying to induce such
voter to vote for or against any ticket, candidate, amendment,
question or proposition. Finishing instructions, the three shall
retire, whereupon such voter shall close the curtain and vote
as in the case of an unassisted voter.
SEC. 15. Manner of Voting.-But one voter shall be admitted
at a time and after ascertaining if such vote be on the
poll list and the certificate marked voted such voter shall proceed
to the machine, and no voter shall be permitted to keep
the curtain of the machine closed longer than two (2) minutes.
SEc. 16. Voting for Person Whose Name Does Not Appear
on the Ballot.-Ballots voted for any person whose name does
not appear on the ballot shall be designated "irregular" ballots,
but such ballots shall be valid and shall be counted as though they
had been voted on the voting machine. Should a voter desire
to vote for some person for an office whose name does not appear
on the ballot, such person shall write the name of the person
for whom he desires to vote on the roll of paper provided
and designated for such purpose and such ballot shall be counted
and included in the canvass officially made from that pre-
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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/m1/78/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .