Local candidate filing deadline to end in Massachusetts May 5

The local filing deadline to run for elected office in Massachusetts is on May 5, 2020. In Massachusetts, candidates must file their collected nomination signatures with local election entities four weeks before filing with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an order that reduced candidate petition signature requirements to 50 percent of their statutory requirements. Prospective candidates may file for the following offices:

  • U.S. Senate (1 seat)
  • U.S. House (9 seats)
  • Governor’s Council (8 seats)
  • Massachusetts State Senate (40 seats)
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives (160 seats)

The primary is scheduled for September 1, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Candidates who filed with their local election entities must also file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by June 2, 2020.

Massachusetts’ statewide filing deadline is the 37th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 8 in Michigan.

Massachusetts has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

Additional reading:
Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Massachusetts
Changes to election dates, procedures, and administration in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020 – Massachusetts
Signature requirements and deadlines for 2020 U.S. Congress elections