Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, if the state secretary determines, after following the procedures required by section 60 of chapter 56 of the General Laws, that a standard or procedure of a local election official that is contrary to a general or special law concerning administration of elections has placed in doubt any or all results of the preliminary election held in the city of Pittsfield on September 21, 1999, the state secretary may set aside such results and order a new preliminary election on any appropriate day. Such order may also establish a later day for holding the final 1999 election in said city. The nominations made and absentee ballot applications filed for the original preliminary election shall apply to such new preliminary election, but additional absentee ballot applications may be filed not later than noon of the day before the new preliminary election.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.