REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES TO GET ON THE BALLOT

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By Bob Katzen

Rep. Patrick Kearney (D-Scituate) filed a bill which lowers the number of signatures candidates must obtain in order to get on the ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the bill, the number of signatures needed for a candidate for U.S. Senate candidates would be reduced from 10,000 to 3,330; Congressional candidates from 2,000 to 660; State Senate candidates from 300 to 99; and State Representative from 150 to 50.

“At a time when public health officials know that social distancing is vital to stopping the spread of Coronavirus, candidates should not have to choose between endangering public health and being able to make the ballot,” said Kearney. “These lowered signature thresholds ensure we will have fair, competitive elections in November.”

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