SECTION 1. Section 25B of Chapter 54 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new subsection:-
“(r) The Commonwealth shall reimburse each city and town to the full extent of the amounts expended for mandated early voting procedures and operations. The state treasurer shall annually, on or before July 1st of the year following the election for which reimbursement is being sought, pay to cities and towns, the sums required for such reimbursement and approved by the secretary of state pursuant to section 2 herein. Each city and town may establish an Early Voting Reimbursement Fund. Reimbursements made by the commonwealth pursuant to this section may be deposited into the fund and may carry forward for 1 fiscal year.”
SECTION 2. Section 25B of Chapter 54 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting in subsection (o) the following at the end thereof:-
“including the means to seek, process and approve reimbursement subject to subsection (r)”.
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