THE 2022 STATE ELECTION BEGINS

By Bob Katzen

Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced that nomination papers can now be picked up by candidates who are planning to run for office in the September 6th primaries and the November 8th general election. Offices on the 2022 ballot this year include Congress, state senator, state representative, governor, lt. governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, governor’s councilor, district attorney and sheriff.

Nomination papers are available at Galvin’s Elections Division at One Ashburton Place in Boston, at his regional offices in Springfield and Fall River and select city and town election offices across the state. Candidates who are unable to pick their papers up in person may call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) to request to receive their nomination papers by mail.

Depending on the office sought, candidates must collect between 150 signatures (for state representative) and 10,000 signatures (for governor and lt. governor) from registered voters to be eligible for their names to be put on the ballot.

The deadlines for filing the signatures also vary depending on the office being sought. More information is available by calling 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or by visiting http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele

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