Today is the first day to collect signatures for candidates to get on the ballot for the Boston mayoral campaign in the fall. While I was collecting signatures for Felix Arroyo, a fellow who was collecting for Dan Conley was telling people that they could sign more than one candidate’s papers. I told him I didn’t think that was the case but he insisted it was fine.
So, I called City Hall and spoke to two people in the Elections Department both of whom assured me that it’s just one signature per voter. I told him this yet he insisted that they were wrong and continued telling people they could sign more than one sheet.
Finally I pointed out that it says right on the signature sheet, “The undersigned does hereby certify that he or she has not subscribed to any other nomination petitions for said office.”
Didn’t matter he said. I asked him where he was from: Belmont. And I learned that two other people had already told him this formality about Boston elections.
So, Dan Conley, District Attorney for Suffolk County, has a Belmont campaign worker telling Boston voters falsehoods to get them to sign his papers.
And so it begins.