(a) The secretary of state shall have those functions, powers, and duties relating
to elections that may be provided by this title or any other law not inconsistent
with this chapter. The secretary of state shall maintain a central roster of all elected and appointed
officers of the state, including for each officer the nature of the officer's tenure
and the date of expiration of the officer's term of office. The secretary of state shall maintain a central register of all persons registered
to vote in the several cities and towns and shall add, amend, delete, and cancel any
names appearing on the register as certified to the secretary by the several local
boards and by the state board.
(b) The secretary of state may compile and publish a complete edition of the election
law that the secretary shall make available to all election officials and candidates
upon request and without charge. The secretary of state shall receive and file certificates of election results as
provided by this title.
(c) Notwithstanding any provisions of the general laws to the contrary, the office
of the secretary of state shall have the authority to submit and approve the specifications
used by the department of administration in procuring voting systems, voting system-related
services, and accessible voting equipment on behalf of the state.
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