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    Default Vintage Election Returns Seal - sealing wax seal

    Here's a vintage Election Returns Seal - sealing wax seal. I wonder if sealing wax is still being used anywhere to certify election ballots.

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    Default Re: Vintage Election Returns Seal - sealing wax seal

    Does it generate a paper trail, too?

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    Default Re: Vintage Election Returns Seal - sealing wax seal

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Does it generate a paper trail, too?
    Well I guess....there are passages like this in old documents online.... seems more YOUR field of figuring it out than mine.

    3088. Preparation of returns—custody of ballot boxes and contents. When the ballots are tied and the knot is sealed, the bundle of voted ballots and the stub ballot book, with all the unused ballots attached to their stubs with the original certificate of the result in the back thereof, and the two tally sheets shall be placed in the envelope labeled “Voted Ballots,” “Tally Sheets” and “Stub Book of Ballots,” this envelope shall not be opened except upon order of the Supreme Court or district court or a judge thereof in case of contest or some legal proceeding necessitating the opening of the same. The two duplicate copies of such certificate shall be placed in the envelope labeled “Returns.” The several envelopes shall then be sealed by moistening the gummed flaps and pressing them down firmly, then a seal of sealing wax shall then be placed upon such gummed flaps, so that the wax will extend well over on the body of the back of such envelope and should be made to cover a space as large as a silver half-dollar. In the cen~ ter of the wax, while it is yet hot and soft, shall be firmly imprinted the precinct election seal. The duties above described shall be performed by the oflicial counters. The clerk and judge shall then Write their names across the gummed flaps of each envelope extending them on to the body of the envelope, one upon the one side of such wax seal, and one upon the other. The several envelopes shall be placed in the ballot box by the inspector in the presence of the other members of the board and the counters and securely locked. After the ballot box is securely locked the inspector shall not again open it, but shall deliver it in that condition to the secretary of the county election board. The county election board shall not disturb anything in the ballot box except the envelope marked “Returns,” which when canvassed shall be returned to the ballot box and the box will again be securely locked and retained by the secretary of the county election board until opened by order of court or until it shall be necessary to open the same for use at the next election, at which time the ballots shall be destroyed, provided, that in no case shall the ballots be destroyed until ninety days after the election at which they were cast.

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