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  • Acts
  • 2006
  • Chapter 68 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A BOARD OF REGISTRARS IN THE TOWN OF SWAMPSCOTT.

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 any general or special law, charter or by-law to the contrary, there shall be in the town of Swampscott a board of registrars of voters which shall have all the powers, rights, duties and liabilities of boards of registrars of voters under the General Laws.

SECTION 2. Upon the effective date of this act, the board of election commissioners of the town of Swampscott shall be abolished. The members of the board of election commissioners in office as of the effective date of this act shall be members of the board of registrars created under section 1 and shall serve until the expiration of their respective terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified, or until their earlier resignation, but if there are 4 members of the board of election commissioners in office as of the effective date of this act, the term of the member with the shortest time remaining in office shall end as of the effective date of this act. Appointments to the board of registrars after that date shall be made under section 15 of chapter 51 of the General Laws.

SECTION 3. Upon the effective date of this act, any and all powers, rights, duties and liabilities of the board of election commissioners in existence before that effective date with regard to elections, either under general or special law, shall be transferred to the town clerk, and the town clerk shall be the lawful successor of that board with regard to matters not within the authority of the board of registrars. There shall be delivered to the town clerk all books, papers, records and all other property in the possession of the board of registrars created under section 1 of this act related to or required for use in the conduct of elections. Any and all powers, rights, duties and liabilities of the board of election commissioners in existence before the effective date of this act with regard to those matters within the authority of a board of registrars under general or special law, including registration and qualification of voters, creation and maintenance of voting lists and street lists, and certification of names of registered voters on nomination and ballot question petitions, shall be transferred to the board of registrars of voters created under section 1, and that board shall be considered the lawful successor of the board of election commissioners with regard to those matters.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved April 20, 2006.