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Chapter 164 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE DATE OF THE 2014 BIENNIAL STATE PRIMARIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 28 of chapter 53 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state primary in 2014 shall be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding section 3 of said chapter 53 or any other general or special law to the contrary, a person whose name is not printed on the September 9, 2014 state primary ballot as a candidate for an office, but who receives sufficient votes to nominate the person for the office, shall file in the office of the state secretary a written acceptance of the nomination and a receipt from the state ethics commission verifying that a statement of financial interest has been filed pursuant to chapter 268B not later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

SECTION 3. Notwithstanding sections 11, 13 and 53A of said chapter 53 and section 5 of chapter 55B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, objections to and withdrawals from nominations made at the September 9, 2014 state primary shall be filed with the state secretary not later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday, September 12, 2014.

SECTION 4. Notwithstanding section 14 of said chapter 53 or any other general or special law to the contrary, any vacancies from the September 9, 2014 state primary caused by death, withdrawal or ineligibility under section 3 shall be filled by an executive committee, determined by the state party committee, of the same political party who made the original nomination.

SECTION 5. Notwithstanding section 15 of said chapter 53 or any other general or special law to the contrary, when a nomination is made to fill a vacancy caused by the death, withdrawal or ineligibility of a candidate from the September 9, 2014 state primary, the certificate of nomination shall be on a form prescribed by the state secretary, shall be signed by the executive committee appointed by the state committee of the same political party as provided for in section 4 and shall be filed with the state secretary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 15, 2014.

SECTION 6. Notwithstanding section 135 of chapter 54 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, a petition for a recount of the September 9, 2014 state primary shall be filed with the appropriate local election officials not later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 and all recounts shall be completed and notice of the results shall be sent to the state secretary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Petitions for district wide and statewide recounts of the September 9, 2014 state primary shall be submitted to the appropriate local election officials for certification not later than 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 and local election officials shall complete certification not later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday, September 12, 2014. Thereafter, certified petitions shall be filed with the secretary of state not later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 12, 2014. If the state secretary determines that the contest is eligible for a statewide or district wide recount, the state secretary shall notify the local election officials who shall complete the recount and shall notify the state secretary of the results of the recount not later than 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

SECTION 7. Notwithstanding sections 8, 9 and 10, inclusive, of chapter 55B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the state ballot law commission shall notify candidates of any objections filed to nominations at the September 9, 2014 state primary not later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 12, 2014. Notice of the commission hearings shall be given by telephone and electronic mail. Hearings on objections shall be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 and decisions shall be rendered not later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

SECTION 8. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, local election officials shall transmit absentee ballots to voters covered under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1973ff-1 et seq., whose applications were received at least 45 days before the November 4, 2014 state election, not later than Saturday, September 20, 2014.

SECTION 9. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state secretary shall have the authority to add or change any dates relating to the nominations made at the September 9, 2014 state primary that the state secretary considers necessary for the orderly administration of the November 4, 2014 state election by providing notice of the change to the state parties and any affected person, by filing notice with the rules and regulations division, by posting on the state secretary’s website and by whatever other means the state secretary considers appropriate.

SECTION 10. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, November 26, 2013.


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