( - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
Bill Galvin is dishonest and unconstitutional. In the upcoming June 25, 2013 Special Election, Galvin has intentionally shortened the time frame for Candidates to collect the 10,000 signatures to make the ballot.
In the January 19, 2010 Special Election, nomination papers were available on September 1, 2009 and had to be into Local Town Clerks and Registrars SEVEN WEEKS later on October 20, 2009. Candidates then had two weeks to turn their certified signatures into the Secretary of State's office on November 3, 2009
In this upcoming Special Election for Kerry's vacant seat, Galvin has just released the nomination papers late this afternoon (1/31/13) and has ordered that all nomination papers be turned on Wednesday February 27, 2013 only FOUR WEEKS later. Additionally Candidates will have to turn certified signatures into the Secretary of State's office only ONE WEEK after that on March 6th.
In the last Special Election, Candidates had SEVEN weeks to collect signatures, in this election candidates only have FOUR WEEKS.
If Scott Brown only had FOUR WEEKS in the 2010 Special Election, he NEVER would have made the ballot. This is a clear attempt by Galvin to keep Candidates off the ballot and minimize competition in favor of Markey and the Democrats. Can you smell corruption by Bill Galvin. I do.