Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 2-1(a) of Article 2 of the charter of the city known as the town of Methuen, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section twelve of chapter forty-three B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out after the third sentence the words, "Precincts 1, 2, and 6, to be known as the Central District; Precincts 3, 7 and 9, to be known as the East District; and Precincts 4, 5 and 8, to be known as the West District." and inserting in place thereof the following:- Precincts 1, 2, 6 and 10, to be known as the Central District; Precincts 3, 7, 9 and 12, to be known as the East District; and Precincts 4, 5, 8 and 11, to be known as the West District.
SECTION 2. Article 7 of said charter, which is on file in said office of the archivist of the commonwealth, is hereby amended by striking out section 7-4 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 7-4. Precincts and Districts. The territory of Methuen shall be divided into twelve precincts, so established as to consist of as nearly equal a number of inhabitants as it is possible in compact and contiguous territory; bounded insofar as possible by the center line of known streets or ways or by other well defined limits. The twelve precincts shall be separated into three districts. The Central District shall include Precincts 1, 2, 6 and 10; the East District shall include Precincts 3, 7, 9 and 12; and the West District shall include Precincts 4, 5, 8 and 11.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect on January first, nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and shall apply to the state primary election and the state election held in said year and to every municipal, state and national primary election and election held thereafter.