When no certificates of votes from any State shall have been received at the seat of government on the fourth Wednesday in December, after the meeting of the electors shall have been held, the President of the Senate or, if he be absent from the seat of government, the Archivist of the United States shall send a special messenger to the district judge in whose custody one certificate of votes from that State has been lodged, and such judge shall forthwith transmit that list by the hand of such messenger to the seat of government.
3 U.S. Code § 13 - Same; demand on district judge for certificate
1984—Pub. L. 98–497 substituted “Archivist of the United States” for “Administrator of General Services”.
1951—Act Oct. 31, 1951, substituted “Administrator of General Services” for “Secretary of State”.