UPDATE: Alert readers eury13 and Ron Newman note that the city clerk’s office may not have rejected the excess signatures — they may just have stopped counting when it was clear that Wilkerson had enough. So it may be that there’s nothing amiss here. Title has been edited. Thanks to the commenters who pointed this out! South End News has added a clarification further explaining what appears to have happened. Bottom line seems to be that there is no story here.
This is just weird. The Globe reported today that Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, seeking to avoid a repeat of embarrassingly having to run a write in campaign to retain her seat, trumpeted her submission of 3,000 signatures.
This year, Wilkerson qualified for the primary ballot with a whopping 3,000 signatures, 10 times the amount she needed.
“I wanted to dispel any notion as early in the process as possible of just how serious I am about this race,” Wilkerson said.
“I would never allow myself to be engaged in a sticker campaign again. That is the loudest and clearest way I can answer that question.”
And yet, the South End News now says that of those 3,000, only 428 were certified by the Secretary of State’s office — more than the required 300, but only a 14% success rate. I understand that the signature rules are tough, but rejecting 86% of the submitted signatures seems awfully high. [NOTE: see update above — the signatures may not have been rejected after all.]
And now, a little Jeopardy: what is the question to which a 14% success rate with certifying signatures is the “loud” and “clear” answer?