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oath and the post-office address of the signer shall be annexed to such paper.

A notary public, justice of the peace, or other Magistrates magistrate, when taking the oath of a signer to a nomina- themselves tion paper, as above required, shall satisfy himself that as to iden.

tity of perthe person to whom the oath is administered is the person sons mak. signing such nomination paper, and shall state in his at- nomination testation of said oath that he is so satisfied, and any 1895, C. 237, notary public, justice of the peace or other magistrate who $ 1. violates the provisions of chapter two hundred and thirty- Penalty.

Ibid. § 2. seven of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-five shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars for each offence.

All certificates of nomination and nomination Contents of papers shall, besides containing the names of candidates, certificates

and papers. specify as to each: (1) His place of residence, with street

1993, c. 417, and number thereon, if any ; (2) the office for which he is nominated; and (3), except as hereinafter provided, the party or political principle which he represents, expressed in not more than three words. In the case of electors of president and vice-president of the United States, the names of the candidates for president and vice-president may be added to the party or political designation. To Aldermen

at large. the name of each candidate for the office of alderman at large in a city shall be added the number or letter of the ward in which the candidate resides. If a candidate is nominated otherwise than by a political Designa.

ticn in cerparty which at the preceding annual state election polled for governor three per centum of the entire vote cast for that office, the name of a party so polling three per centum of such entire vote shall not be used in the party or political designation of such candidate, except as describing and preceding some other name or term; and if so used in case of a candidate nominated by a nomination paper, the designation of such candidate shall consist of not more than two words, and to such designation shall be added the words nomination paper," or, as abbreviated, “nom. paper."

In case a nomination is made in accordance with Certificate the provisions of said chapter four hundred and seventeen,

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to supply a vacancy caused by the death, withdrawal, or supply va

ineligibility of a candidate, the certificate of nomination

made for supplying such vacancy shall state, in addition to panied by the other facts required by the provisions of this title, the

name of the original nominee, the date of his death, or ceptance,

withdrawal, or of being found ineligible, and the proceed1895, C. 253, ings had for supplying the vacancy; and the certificate shall $ 1.

be signed and sworn to by the presiding officer and secretary of the convention or caucus, or by the chairman and secretary of a duly authorized committee, as the case may be, and shall be accompanied by the written acceptance of

the candidate or candidates nominated. Filing of

113. Certificates of nomination and nomination papers nomina

for the nomination of candidates for state offices, shall tions, etc. 1995, C. 262,

be filed with the secretary of the Commonwealth ; and cer$ 2.

tificates of nomination and nomination papers for the nomination of candidates for city offices shall be filed with

the board of election commissioners. Every nomination filed by re- paper shall be filed by some responsible person, who shall sponsible

with his own hand sign such paper and add to his signature his place of residence, giving street and number, if any; and the secretary of the Commonwealth, or said board, as the case may be, shall require a satisfactory

identification of such person. Last days

114. Certificates of nomination for the nomination of for filing candidates for offices to be filled by the voters of the state papers for

at large shall be filed on or before the fifth Monday prestate officers

ceding the day of the election for which the candidates are tary. nominated ; and nomination papers for the nomination of 1993, c. 417, such candidates shall be filed on or before the fourth $S2.

Monday preceding the day of such election. Certificates 1595, C. 244,

of nomination for the nomination of candidates for all $1.

other state offices shall be filed on or before the third Thursday preceding the day of the election; and nomination papers for the nomination of all such candidates shall be filed on or before the third Friday preceding the day of the election ; except that in case of an election held on a day other than that of the day of the annual state election to fill any state office, certificates of nomination shall be

persons, etc.

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filed on or before the twelfth day preceding the day of such election, and nomination papers for the nomination of candidates to fill such office shall be filed on or before the eleventh day preceding the day of such election.

In the city of Boston certificates of nomination for the In Boston. nomination of candidates for city offices shall be filed on or before the third Friday preceding the day of the election; and nomination papers for the nomination of such candidates shall be filed on or before the third Saturday preceding the day of the election.

115. All certificates of nomination and nomination Last hour papers which are by law required to be filed with the for filing. secretary of the Commonwealth, or with the clerk of a

1893, C. 417, city, shall be filed in the office of the secretary, or of 8 S3the board of election commissioners, as the case may be, before five o'clock in the afternoon of the last day fixed by law for the filing thereof.

No nomination paper offered for filing shall be received Acceptance or deemed to be valid, unless there shall be presented for to be filed, filing with such nomination paper the written acceptance of the candidate or candidates thereby nominated.

116. A person who has been nominated as a candidate With. for any state or city office in accordance with the provi- drawal of sions of this title, may cause his name to be withdrawn from nomination, by a request in writing signed by him Ibid. § 84. and acknowledged before an officer qualified to take acknowledgments of deeds, and filed with the secretary of the Commonwealth, or said board with whom the nomination was filed, within the seventy-two hours succeeding five o'clock of the last day fixed by law within which nomination papers may be filed for the nomination of candidates for such office.

117. When certificates of nomination and nomination Nominapapers have been filed in accordance with the provisions tions valid of this title, and are in apparent conformity therewith,

jected to, they shall be deemed to be valid unless objections thereto etc. are duly made in writing. Such objections, in the case of Ibid. $ 85. nominations of candidates for state offices and city offices, shall be filed with the secretary of the Commonwealth or

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said board, as the case may be, within the seventy-two hours succeeding five o'clock of the last day fixed by law within which nomination papers may be filed for the nomination of candidates for such office.

118. Objections to certificates of nomination and nomition of ob- nation papers, which are filed in accordance with the prejections,

ceding section, and all other questions arising in relation 1893, C. 417, thereto, shall, in the case of nominations of candidates for $ $6.

state offices, be considered by the board established in accordance with the provisions of section ninety-two (one hundred and twenty-four of this digest) of this title, and known as the Ballot Law Commission. Such objections and questions arising in the case of nominations of candidates for city offices shall be considered by the board of election commissioners.

In case any such objection is filed, notice thereof shall, candidates

by the secretary of the Commonwealth, or said board, as the case may be, be forth with mailed to the candidates affected thereby, addressed to their residences as given in the certificates of nomination or nomination papers, and to any party committee known to said secretary or board, as the case may be, as specially interested in the nomination

to which objection is made. Determina Whenever a greater number of candidates bearing the

same political or other designation are nominated for didates have

an office than there are persons to be elected to such same desig- office, the officers charged, as above, with considering

objections to such nomination, shall determine which of the candidates, if any, are entitled to such designation.

119. In case a candidate who has been duly nomiin cases of nated for a state or city office, shall die before the death, with

day of election, or shall cause his name to be withdrawn drawal, etc. 1995, C. 253,

from nomination, in accordance with the provisions of this $ 2. title, or shall be found in accordance with the provisions

thereof to be ineligible to the office for which he is nominated, the vacancy may be supplied by the political party or other persons making the original nomination, in the manner in which such nomination was originaily made; or if the time is insufficient therefor, then the vacancy

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may be supplied, if the nomination was made by a convention or caucus, in such manner as the convention or caucus has previously provided for the purpose, or, in case no such previous provision has been made, then by a regularly elected general or executive committee representing the political party or persons holding such convention or caucus. In case of vacancies caused by with - Certificates drawal, certificates of nomination under this section made otherwise than in the original manner shall be filed in the office of said secretary or board, as the case may be, within jections. a reasonable time, not exceeding forty-eight hours after the withdrawal, and they shall be open to objection in the same manner, as far as practicable, as provided in section eighty-five of chapter four hundred and seventeen (section one hundred and seventeen of this digest) in regard to certificates of original nominations.

All certificates of nomination and nomination Certificates, papers, and all objections thereto and withdrawals, when etc., public

inspection, filed, shall, under proper regulations, be open to public inspection, and the secretary of the Commonwealth and said board shall preserve the same in their respective 1893, C. 417, offices for the period of one year.

All signatures required under the provisions of Signatures. this title shall be made in person.

The secretary of the Commonwealth shall, upon Blank application, furnish blank forms for the nomination of can- forins for didates for all state offices; and blank forms for certificates of nomination of candidates for the office of representa- furnished. tive in the general court shall be sent to said board for the Ibid. & 99. use of the presiding officer and secretary of any caucus or convention held therein in accordance with the provisions of said chapter four hundred and seventeen for the nomination of candidates for that office.

123. No person shall write, print, post, or distribute, or Anonycause to be written, printed, posted, or distributed, a circu- mous lar or poster which is designed or tends to injure or defeat circulars, a candidate for nomination or election to a public office, by reflecting upon his personal character or political ac- Ibid. § 91. tions, unless there appears upon such circular or poster, in

preservation, etc.

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