Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 336 of the acts of 1929 is hereby amended by striking out section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 1. Upon the acceptance of this act by the town of Ludlow, as hereinafter provided, the selectmen shall forthwith divide the territory thereof into three voting precincts, each of which shall be plainly designated and shall contain not less than five hundred inhabitants. All precincts shall contain approximately an equal number of inhabitants. The precincts shall be so established as to consist of compact and contiguous territory, to be bounded as far as possible by the center line of known streets and ways or by other well defined limits. The boundaries of such precincts shall be reviewed and, if need be, such precincts shall be wholly or partly revised by the selectmen in December, once in five years, or in December of any year when so directed by a vote of a representative town meeting not later than November thirtieth of that year; and in the course of any such revision the number of such precincts may be changed, but shall never be less than three nor more than five. The selectmen shall, within twenty days after any establishment or revision of the precincts, but not later than January twentieth of the succeeding year, file a report of their doings with the town clerk, the registrars of voters and the assessors of taxes with a map or maps or description of the precincts and the names and residences of the inhabitants therein. The selectmen shall also cause to be posted in the town office a map or maps or description of the precincts as established or revised from time to time, with the names and residences of the inhabitants therein; and it shall also cause to be posted in at least one public place in each precinct a map or description of that precinct with the names and residences of the inhabitants therein. The division of the town into voting precincts and any revision of such precincts shall take effect upon the date of the filing of the report thereof by the selectmen with the town clerk. Whenever the precincts are established or revised, the town clerk shall forthwith give written notice thereof to the state secretary, stating the number and designation of the precincts. Meetings of the registered voters of the several precincts for elections, for primaries, and for voting upon any question to be submitted to all the voters of the town, shall be held on the same day and at the same hour and at such place or places within the town as the selectmen shall in the warrant for such meeting direct. The provisions of the General Laws relating to precinct voting at elections, so far as the same are not inconsistent with this act, shall apply to all elections and primaries in the town upon the establishment of voting precincts as hereinbefore provided.
SECTION 2. Section 4 of said chapter 336 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence, as most recently amended by section 1 of chapter 754 of the acts of 1977, and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Nomination of candidates for town meeting members to be elected under this act shall be made by nomination papers, which shall bear no political designations, and shall be signed by at least ten inhabitants of the precinct in which the candidate resides, and filed with the town clerk on or before the last date for filing nomination papers for other town offices; provided that any incumbent town meeting member may become a candidate for re-election by giving written notice thereof to the town clerk not later than twenty-one days prior to the last day and hour for filing nomination papers.