Massachusetts Secretary of State Shows Little Sympathy for Political Parties That Wish to Petition Before Nominating for President and Vice-President

By Richard Winger William Galvin has been Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1994. During his earlier years in office, he permitted independent presidential candidates to list stand-ins for vice-president on their general election petitions, in instances when those presidential candidates hadn’t yet chosen their vice-presidential running mates. He also allowed presidential and vice-presidential substitution for unqualified parties who wanted to petition before they had chosen their national tickets.
In 2004 he let Ralph Nader use a vice-presidential stand-in. In 2000 he let the Reform Party uses stand-ins. In 1996 he let the Constitution Party use stand-ins. A …read more