Keywords: Elections, Ballot, Validity of nomination papers. Secretary of the Commonwealth. Constitutional Law, Elections.
Click here for the full text of the SJC’s decision. This decision provides significant relief for Sept 1 primary ballot access. The decision orders three changes relating to candidates seeking to appear on the September 1 state primary ballot only (no applicability to the general election or primary elections in any other year). The changes relate to a reduction in signature requirements by 50%, extension of deadline to May 5th, and provisions for electronic signatures.