The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 79 of 1,943
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FORTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE-FOURTH CALLED SESSION. 67
cinct, but no irregular ballot shall be cast or counted for any
person whose name shall appear on the voting machine.
SEC. 17. Unofficial Ballots, Repair and Substitution of Machines.-Should
the official ballots for any precinct where voting
machines are to be used be not delivered at the time required,
or if after delivery shall be lost, destroyed or stolen, the County
Clerk or the presiding officer of that precinct shall cause other
ballots to be prepared, printed or written, as nearly in the form
of the official ballots as practicable, and shall cause the ballots
so substituted to be used in the same manner, as near as may
be, as the official ballots. Such ballots shall be known as unofficial
ballots, and a certificate setting out the circumstances
of the use shall be made out by the presiding officer and signed
by such officer together with every person legally serving in
such poll, such certificate to be attached to the the canvass from
that precinct. Should any voting machine become out of order
while being used, it shall, if possible, be repaired, or another
machine substituted in its place as promptly as possible.
SEC. 18. Canvass of the Vote and the Proclamation of the
Result.-As soon as the polls are closed officials thereat shall
immediately lock the machine against voting. They then shall
sign a certificate stating that the machine was locked and sealed.
giving the exact time; such certificate giving the number of
voters shown on the public counters, which shall be the total
number of votes cast on such machine in that precinct; the
number on the seal; the number registered on the protective
counter. (This also shall be the procedure at the close of absentees
voting.) They then shall open the counting compartment
in the presence of the watchers, and at least one representative
of any newspaper or press association which cares to be
represented, giving full view of all the counter numbers. The
presiding officer shall under the scrutiny of the watchers, in
the order of the offices as their titles are arranged on the machine,
read and announce in distinct tones the designating number
and letter on each counter for each candidate's name, the
result as shown by the counter numbers, and shall then read
the votes recorded for each office on the irregular ballots. He
shall also in the same manner announce the result on each Constitutional
amendment, bond proposition or any other question
voted on. The vote as registered shall be entered on the statements
of canvass in ink by two watchers of opposing interest
(if there be such) and verified by the three election officials,
such entries to be made in the same order on the space which
has the same designating number and letter, after which the
figures shall again be verified by being called off in the same
manner from the counters of the machines by watchers of opposed
interest (if such there be). The returns of the canvass
as required by law shall then be filled out, verified, and
shall show the number of votes cast for each, candidate, the number
of votes cast for and against any proposition submitted, and
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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/m1/79/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .