Conceivably, Massachusetts Could Elect an Independent to U.S. House This Year

Several Massachusetts newspapers are reporting that independent Seth Moulton could conceivably be elected to the U.S. House this year. Although the Democratic primary is not until September 6, it is too late for Moulton to get on the Democratic primary ballot. If he is going to be an independent, he needs 2,000 valid signatures by July 31. See this story and this story.

It is certain that the incumbent Democrat, John F. Tierney, will be the Democratic nominee. He is the only person who is on the Democratic primary ballot for that seat. However, as the news stories explain, he has lost support recently.

The ability of an independent candidate to get on the November ballot as late as July 31, or even later, is one of the advantages of an election system that does not use “top-two open primary” rules. If Massachusetts had a top-two open primary, it would be too late for anyone to enter the race this late in the election year.


  1. Demo Rep · · Reply

    NO primaries.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V

    Perhaps July 15 deadline for all candidates via nominating petitions – checking them – sending ballots to overseas troops fighting barbarians, etc.

  2. Jim Riley · · Reply

    If he needed to file earlier and was serious about running, he would have.

  3. Obvious troll is obvious.

  4. Nick Kruse · · Reply

    Richard, you have the unique ability of writing an article about absolutely anything and finding a way to add “top-two is bad” to the last paragraph.

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