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 to the contrary, ward 1 of the city of Newburyport shall be 1 precinct for the purpose of forming congressional, representative, senatorial or councilor districts, but shall have 2 polling places for the purposes of voting at any state or municipal elections. One polling location shall be located on Plum Island to serve voters residing within the Newburyport section of Plum Island and shall be known as precinct 1P of ward 1. The other polling location shall be designated by the city council under section 24 of chapter 54 of the General Laws to serve all other voters in precinct 1 of ward 1 and shall be known as precinct 1.
SECTION 2. The board of registrars of voters and the city clerk of the city of Newburyport shall take all necessary actions to assure compliance with this act including, but not limited to, assuring the accuracy of the voting lists located at each polling location set forth in section 1. The board of registrars and city clerk shall divide precinct 1 of ward 1 into subprecincts as set forth in section 1, and only the names of voters who reside in each subprecinct shall appear on the voting list for that subprecinct.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, January 27, 2012.