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GETTING ON THE BALLOT

CAMPAIGN CHECKLIST

HOW TO RUN

NOMINATION PAPERS

CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENSES

CHALLENGES, OBJECTIONS, PENALTIES

MASSACHUSETTS RESOURCES

How to Run

Enrollment Requirements

Candidates for nomination in the primary election must be enrolled members of the party whose nomination they seek and, except for newly registered voters, must have been enrolled in that party throughout the 90 days preceding the filing deadline with the Secretary of State. In addition, no person can be a candidate for nomination by one party if that person had been enrolled in any other party during the one year period preceding the filing date with the Secretary for this election.

How to run as a non-party candidate

To run as an unenrolled candidate in the general election, the candidate may not be enrolled in any political party. However, a candidate may be enrolled in a political designation and run under that designation.

Unenrolled candidates for U.S. representative, state senator and state representative must have been "unenrolled" during the entire 90 days preceding the deadline for filing nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Unenrolled candidates must also circulate nomination papers. The papers will place a candidate's name on the general election ballot, bypassing the primary.

A candidate must file a certificate of voter registration to prove he or she is a registered voter and has not been enrolled in any political party during the 90 days preceding the deadline for filing nomination papers with the Secretary of State. This certificate is printed on every nomination paper. At least one of these certificates must be signed by at least three members of the board of registrars or election commission and filed no later than the last day for filing nomination papers with the Secretary.

Click here for the MA Secretary of State's 2016 Election Guide

Click here for information of running in a special election

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