Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the state secretary to place a certain local election on the state ballot, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
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. The state secretary shall print on the official state election ballot for the town of Dracut the office of selectmen to fill a vacancy.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding section 7 of chapter 53of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, nomination papers for the office of selectmen to fill the vacancy shall be filed with the board of registrars of the town of Dracut for certification of signatures on or before 5:00 P.M. on August 17, 2004.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary; the registrars shall complete certification of signatures on such nomination on or before 5:00 P.M. on August 20, 2004.
SECTION 4. Notwithstanding section 10 of chapter 53of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, certified nomination papers shall be filed with the town clerk on or before 5:00 P.M. on August 24, 2004.
SECTION 5. Notwithstanding section 11 of chapter 53of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, candidates who have filed nomination papers to fill the vacancy in the office of board of selectmen may withdraw their nomination by filing a notarized withdraw no later than 5:00 P.M. on August 27, 2004.
SECTION 6. The town clerk shall certify a list of candidates, with addresses in the order in which they are to appear on the ballot, to fill the vacancy in the board of selectmen to the state secretary on or before 5:00 P.M. on September 3, 2004.