Posts tagged: Massachusetts

Jan 18 2013

Ballot Access Improvement Bills Introduced in Massachusetts

Source: Ballot Access News

Massachusetts State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) has introduced two bills to ease ballot access. One lowers the number of signatures for candidates to get on the ballot (both primary ballots and the general election ballot). Another eases the definition of “political party.” The details of these bills are not yet known.

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Aug 27 2012

Massachusetts Secretary of State Approves Libertarian Presidential Petition

Source: Ballot Access News

On August 27, the Massachusetts Secretary of State determined that the Libertarian Party petition has enough valid signatures. The Gary Johnson petition is the only presidential petition submitted in Massachusetts this year. Johnson will have “Libertarian” next to his name. If he polls as much as 3%, the Libertarian Party will be ballot-qualified for 2014.

The ballot-qualified parties in Massachusetts are Democratic, Republican, and Green. Thanks to Paulie Read more »

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Jul 27 2012

Massachusetts Independent Who Could Conceivably Have Been Elected to Congress Will Not Run

Source: Ballot Access News

Seth Moulton, an independent with good credentials who considered whether to become an independent candidate for U.S. House in Massachusetts this year, announced on July 26 that he will not run. See this story. The only reason he ever considered running is that the Democratic incumbent, who is running for re-election, has had some embarrassing revelations about himself made public recently. The district is strongly Democratic. Read more »

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Jul 20 2012

Joyce Palmer-Fortune Green Party Whately, MA Town Board member Interviewed by Starlene Rankin

Source: Green Party Watch


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Jul 13 2012

Conceivably, Massachusetts Could Elect an Independent to U.S. House This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

Several Massachusetts newspapers are reporting that independent Seth Moulton could conceivably be elected to the U.S. House this year. Although the Democratic primary is not until September 6, it is too late for Moulton to get on the Democratic primary ballot. If he is going to be an independent, he needs 2,000 valid signatures by July 31. See this story and this story.

It is certain that the incumbent Democrat, John F. Tierney, will be the Democratic nominee. He is Read more »

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Jun 21 2012

Massachusetts Legislator Says He Will Introduce a Bill Next Year to Undo the Harm done by Massachusetts Supreme Court’s Opinion of June 18

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 18, Massachusetts Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) said he will introduce a bill in 2013 to let unqualified parties have flexibility to choose their presidential and vice-presidential nominees in the late spring or summer of election years. This bill has yet to be fleshed out. It might permit an unqualified party to circulate a petition to qualify itself, without the need to list any candidates to be listed on the petition. Read more »

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Jun 21 2012

Massachusetts Supreme Court Says Stand-ins Are Not Allowed for Unqualified Parties or Independent Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

On June 18, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion in Libertarian Association of Massachusetts v Secretary of the Commonwealth, 2011-348. The unanimous ruling says that Massachusetts law does not permit an unqualified party, or an independent candidate, to engage in substitution. If a candidate for president, or vice-president, or even presidential elector, who was named on the petition, dies or Read more »

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May 09 2012

Green Party Candidate Garrett Elected to Select Board in Massachusetts

Source: Green Party Watch

Green-Rainbow member Gail Garrett won a seat on the Mount Washington Select Board yesterday, 52-44. Mount Washington is one of the smallest towns in the state with 147 residents. See this story from the Berkshire Eagle.

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Apr 30 2012

Laugenour Launches State Rep Bid in Massachusetts

Source: Green Party Watch

Lee Scott Laugenour, who took 18% in a race for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2010, is running again in 2012.

From iBerkshires.com:

LENOX, Mass. — In recent elections, the Green Rainbow Party has come closer and closer to securing a seat on Beacon Hill and Lee Scott Laugenour is launching another Read more »

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Apr 10 2012

Massachusetts Secretary of State Releases Green Party Presidential Primary Results

Source: Ballot Access News

The Green Party had a presidential primary in Massachusetts on March 6. The Secretary of State has finally released the results, which are: Jill Stein 1,018; Kent Mesplay 89; Harley Mikkelson 84; “no preference” 232. There were also 95 write-ins, and 36 blank ballots.

The only states which have provided presidential primaries to any minor parties so far in Read more »

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