The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 81 of 1,943
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FORTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE-FOURTH CALLED SESSION. 69
per investigation and when such investigation is completed the
machine shall again be sealed and across the envelope containing
the keys shall be written the signature of the person or persons
having broken same. Irregular ballots shall be preserved
in the same manner and for the same length of time as now provided
by law for other ballots.
SEC. 21. Custody of Voting Machines and the Keys Thereof.
-The County Commissioners of a county in which voting machines
are used shall have general custody and care and repair
of such machines, but the County Clerk is charged with the care
and custody of the keys and seals for the same. The same authority
that caused the delivery of the voting machines shall be
charged with the transporting such machines back into the
custody of the County Commissioners ,and shall furnish all necessary
protection to see that such machines are not molested
nor injured from the time such machines leave the place where
they are regularly stored until they are turned into the custody
of the officials of a precinct and from the time that custody
ceases on the part of the precinct officials and the machines are
returned to the place of regular storage.
SEC. 22. Provisions for Recanvass of Vote.-The same authority
as now charged by law may apply to a district judge
for an order to break the seals of a voting machine for the purpose
of recanvassing the vote should same become necessary,
whereupon all the other articles in the Revised Civil Statutes
of Texas, 1925, shall be followed in making such recanvass and
the machines shall be re-sealed as herein provided. However,
nothing herein or elsewhere contained shall authorize any
change in the officials returns of any canvass where at least
two watchers of opposed interests have signed the same.
SEC. 23. Application of Other Laws.-The provisions of all
other laws relating to the conduct of elections or primary elections,
shall, so far as practicable, apply to the conduct of elections
and primary elections where voting machines are used,
unless herein otherwise provided.
SEC. 24. Representation.-The authorities charged with
holding an election or primary election are directed wherever
possible, in the naming of election officers, to name for each
precinct a presiding officer and a clerk for such precinct, of opposed
interest in that election, or primary election, the third
official, who should be a mechanical expert, being wherever possible
non-partisan. But each political party concerned in an
election is entitled to name one watcher for each voting precinct
where voting machines are used, said watcher to be recognized
by the presiding officer of that precinct upon the presentation
of a certificate signed by the county chairman of that political
party, and any candidate for a State office, the State Senate,
any candidate for Representative in the House of the Legislature
of Texas, or any candidate for District Judge, or any onefifth
of the candidates for county offices, or any one-fifth of
the candidates for precinct offices; or any candidate for mayor,
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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/m1/81/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .