The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 160
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Laws and Decrees of Coa?uila and Texas.
ART. 22. The elections shall continue open on both days specified in
article 18, four hours each, divided in morning and evening. In each.
meeting a register shall be kept to record therein the votes of the.citizensconvened
to choose the district electors, entering alphabetically the names
of the voters and candidates.
ART. 23. To be eligible as an elector it shall be required to be a citi-zen
in the enjoyment of his rights,-to have attained the age of twentyfive
years,-to be able to read and write,-and to be domiciliated, and a
resident in the same district one year immediately preceding the election.
ART. 24. Each citizen shall vote for the respective district electors,
viva voce, or in writing; in the former case the voter shall call the name
of those for whom he votes in an audible voice, and should he give in his
vote in writing, the secretary shall read the list thereof in the same manner,
and shall enter the same in presence of the voter. No personshall
vote for himself, in this or the other electoral acts, under penalty of
losing his right of voting.
ART. 25. In the district in which one Deputy only is to be elected,
there shall be chosen eleven electors, and where two or more Deputies are
to be elected, there shall be chosen twenty-one electors.
ART. 26. Doubts or controversies that occur whether any person orpersons,
possess the qualification required for voting, shall be determined
verbally by the assembly, and the decision shall be executed without appeal
for that time. and that purpose only: it being understood that the
doubt shall not turn upon the provision of this or other laws.-Should
there be a tie in determining the question, absolutory sentence shall be
ART. 27. Should complaints arise of bribery, subornation, or force, tocause
the election to result in favor of particular persons, the case shall
be publicly and verbally canvassed and brought to a decision.-Should
the accusation be founded in fact, the offenders shall be deprived of a
voice, active and passive. False accusers shall suffer the same penalty.
From this decision there shall be no appeal. Doubts that occur with regard
to the nature of the testimony, shall be determined in the mannerstated
in the preceding article.
ART. 28. Municipal assemblies shall be conducted with open doors,
without any guard; and no person, to whatever class he may belong,.
shall appear armed therein.
ART. 29. The election of both days having terminated, the President,.
tellers, and secretary of each assembly, shall proceed to estimate and cast
up the votes received by the several candidates in the register, and sign
the same; which having been done, the assembly shall be dissolved, and'
any other act in which they interfere, shall not only be null, but shall be.
considered an offence against the public safety. The said register shall
be delivered, enclosed and locked, to the secretary of the respective Ayuntamiento.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/168/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .