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. In order to ascertain the will of the voters of the town of Palmer and notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state secretary shall cause to be placed on the official ballot to be used in the November 2008 state election in the town of Palmer the following question: “Shall a charter commission be elected to revise the charter of the town of Palmer?” If a majority of the votes cast in answer to the question is in the affirmative it shall be taken to be the will of the voters that the commission be elected.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state secretary shall also cause to be printed on the ballot to be used in the November 2008 state election in the town of Palmer the names and addresses of candidates for charter commission in the town of Palmer. Candidates for the commission shall submit their nomination papers to the registrars of voters no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 29, 2008. The registrars shall complete the certification of signatures no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 12, 2008. Candidates shall file certified nomination papers with the town clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2008. Withdrawals and objections to certified nomination papers shall be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2008.
The town clerk shall submit the names of candidates to the state secretary in writing no later than August 26, 2008.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved May 1 , 2008