Massachusetts Republican Party Agrees that Mark Fisher can be on Republican Primary Ballot for Governor

On May 9, the Massachusetts Republican Party agreed that Mark Fisher can be on the Republican primary ballot. Fisher, who is running for Governor, had sued the party because the party had initially said that he didn’t get 15% of the vote at the party’s state convention. See this story.

Massachusetts election law does not have any provision permitting parties to reject candidates who fail to get at least 15% of the vote at party conventions, but federal and state courts in Massachusetts have ruled that parties can enforce such rules. Massachusetts law does require 10,000 signatures of party members and/or independents to get on a primary ballot for Governor, and Fisher must meet this requirement. However, he turned in over 15,000 raw signatures, so he is likely to be on the September 9 primary ballot.

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