Deadline passes for Massachusetts candidates to file nomination petitions with local officials

On May 5, the local filing deadline passed to run for statewide elected offices in Massachusetts. Candidates filed for the following offices:

  • One U.S. Senate seat
  • Nine U.S. House seats
  • Eight seats on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council
  • All 40 seats in the Massachusetts State Senate
  • All 160 seats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in Suffolk County.

To appear on the ballot in Massachusetts, prospective candidates must submit nomination papers for certification to the registrars of the cities or towns in which signatures were collected and to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The local filing deadline must occur four weeks prior to the candidate’s second filing deadline with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. In 2020, the local-level filing deadline was May 5, and the state-level filing deadline is June 2.

The primary is scheduled for September 1, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Massachusetts’ statewide filing deadline was 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, with no trifecta status for either major party. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

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