At The Center. I seemed to be #184 at 8:30 AM, so good turnout so far.
This afternoon the Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision giving relief to those seeking to qualify for the September 1 primary election:
ROBERT GOLDSTEIN & others vs. SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.
Suffolk. April 16, 2020. – April 17, 2020.
. . .
In short, for all candidates seeking to appear on the State
primary ballot on September 1, we order three forms of relief.
First, we order that the number of required signatures be
reduced by fifty percent (50%). Second, we extend the deadlines
for candidates running for State district and county offices to
submit their nomination papers to local election officials for
certification and for the filing of certified nomination papers
with the Secretary to May 5, 2020, and June 2, 2020,
respectively, which are the current due dates for party
candidates running for Federal and Statewide offices. Third,
subject to the restrictions outlined later in this opinion, we order the Secretary to allow the submission and filing of
nomination papers with electronic rather than wet-ink original
signatures (“wet” signatures). We emphasize that the
declaration we make and the equitable relief we provide is
limited to the primary election in these extraordinary
circumstances, which is the sole subject of the case before us,
and does not affect the minimum signature requirements for the
general election this year or for the primary elections in any
State Representative Shawn Dooley was formerly the Town Clerk in the Town of Norfolk, but is not any longer, and has not been for some years. Carol Greene is the current Town Clerk in Norfolk and Anthony Turi is the current Assistant Town Clerk.
Thank you Eileen DeSorgher for knowing and sharing what I did not.
There are no contested races in the Town Election scheduled for March 30. And there is an open seat on the Trust Fund Commission.
Former Town Clerk Carol Mayer recently retired. Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler arranged for State Representative Shawn Dooley (who is also the Town of Norfolk, Town Clerk), to help the Town of Medfield in the two-week interim before Jim Mullen takes over as Medfield’s Interim Town Clerk.
The Town of Medfield’s town clerk position will only be officially filled when a new town clerk is elected next year, when Carol Mayer’s three year term ended.
Papers are now available in the Town Clerk’s office for anyone wishing to run for a Town Office. Last day to pick up papers is Feb 10, 2020, same day they are due back for certification. It will be necessary to obtain fifty (50) valid (registered voters) signatures to place your name on the ballot.
This reminder today from my American Association for Justice to register to vote –
Today is National Voter Registration Day. AAJ posted messages on social media reminding everyone to register to vote and to check their registrations. Click here to find your state’s registration information.
Although Election Day seems far away, it’s never too early to make sure that everyone in your network is registered to vote. As AAJ members, we fight every day for access to civil justice, but this starts with access to the ballot.
Please take AAJ’s initiative one step further and share, repost, and retweet this message on your personal social media accounts today! Through the power of social media, we can quickly amplify our message to protect the vote.
Thank you for all you do,
Jackie Olinger Rochelle and Julie Braman Kane
Voter Protection Action Committee (VPAC) Chairs
Julie Braman Kane
Colson Hicks Eidson
255 Alhambra Circle, Penthouse
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Issued today by Town Clerk, Carol Mayer –