The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 80 of 1,943
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68 GENERAL LAWS.
shall be signed by the three election officials and at least two
watchers of opposed interests (if such there be.)
The counter compartments of the voting machine shall remain
open throughout the time of the making of all statements
and certificates and the official returns and until such have
been fully verified, and during such time any candidate or his
representative or any representative of any newspaper or press
association shall be admitted. The proclamation of the result
of the votes cast shall be deliberately announced in a distinct
voice by the presiding officer, who shall read the names of each
candidate, with the designating number and letter of his counter,
and the vote registered on such counter; also the vote cast
for and against each proposition submitted. During such proclamation
ample opportunity shall be given to any person lawfully
entitled to be in the polls to compare the results announced with
the counter dials of the machine and any necessary corrections
shall then and there be made, after which the doors of the voting
machine shall be locked and sealed with the seal provided,
so sealing the operating lever of the machine that the voting and
counting mechanism will be prevented from operation. Irregular
ballots, properly sealed, and signed shall be filed with the
original statement of canvass, which canvass shall be delivered
in the same manner and to the same authorities as now provided
by law. The presiding officer shall deliver to the County
Clerk the keys of the machine enclosed in a sealed envelope
accross the seal of which shall be written his own name together
with that of at least two watchers of opposed interest (if such
there be) or the two other election officials, and on this envelope
shall be recorded the date of the election or primary election,
the number of the precinct, the number of the seal with
which the machine was sealed, the number of the public counter
and the number of the protective counter.
SEC. 19. Statements of Canvass.-The authority charged
with the holding of an election or primary election where voting
machines shall be used, shall cause to be prepared a statement
of canvass of a form to be approved by the Secretary of
State, in the necessary number as now required by law, such
statement of canvass to conform with the type of voting machine
to be used, and the designating number and letter of each
candidate (or proposition) shall be printed next to the candidate's
name on the statement of canvass.
SEC. 20. Preservation of Ballots and Records of Voting Machines.-The
voting machine shall remain locked against voting
for a period of thirty days and then shall have the seal broken
only on the order of a district judge having jurisdiction in
that county, such order to be entered on the minutes of the district
court of that county, and if in the opinion of such district
judge contest is likely to develop, shall remain locked for such
time as the district judge may direct. Except, that on the order
of any court of competent jurisdiction or on the order of any
legislative body the seal may be broken for the purposes of pro-
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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/m1/80/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .