Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 89 of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1988 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (c), and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(c) To a voter who states under penalty of perjury that he has been admitted, after noon of the fifth day before the relevant election, to any health care facility, as defined by section twenty-five B of chapter one hundred and eleven, the ballot and accompanying papers shall, unless the clerk determines that there is clearly insufficient time, be delivered as provided in subsection (d) of said section ninety-two, provided that an application is received in the office of the registrars of voters no later than the close of the polls on the day of the election.
SECTION 2. Said section 89 of said chapter 54, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 26, the words "No such" and inserting in place thereof the words:- Except as provided in subsection (c), no.
SECTION 3. Subsection (d) of section 92 of said chapter 54, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Delivery of the official absent voting ballot to a voter in a health care facility, as provided in subsection (c) of section eighty-nine, shall be in the same manner as provided in subsection (c) of this section, but if allowed in the sole discretion of the city or town clerk, any person designated in writing by the voter, except a candidate for any office at the election, may instead perform the functions of the election official.