If you’re contemplating becoming a candidate for the fall elections to the General Court, there is a fundamental deadline approaching on February 23. Every year there are a number of people who fail to understand this aspect of running for office and are surprised by these pre-nomination candidate voter-registration requirements.
The deadline to become an unenrolled voter, to run in the fall election election as an independent or under a non-party designation is February 23, 2010.
Likewise, the voter registration deadline to run as a party candidate in a party primary is the same date.
Best to check your voter registration affiliation today, if you’re thinking of running for office. See the Schedule link.
The recognized parties are the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian parties.
All other “parties” are actually non-party “designations” for the purposes of elections. Note this important additional party registration qualification from the Secretary of State’s information, which refers only to the recognized parties and their candidates.
In addition, no person shall be a candidate for nomination by one party if that person was enrolled in any other party during the one year period preceding the filing date for this election.
Election Schedule 2010
Candidate Guide 2010
Here are the links to current elections info:
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Elections Division