• Shack for Congress

In emergency ruling, SJC eases ballot requirements in face of coronavirus


...Thomas G. Shack III didn’t jump into the crowded race for the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District — a seat being vacated by Joseph P. Kennedy III — until mid-February because of the death of his father earlier in the year. Without the SJC ruling, he wouldn’t have been able to collect the 2,000 signatures he needed to make the ballot, the Brookline Democrat said in an interview.

"We now have a shot,” said Shack, a former prosecutor and state comptroller.

Shortly after the coronavirus outbreak halted campaigning, he had set up a secure online version of the nomination papers that supporters can electronically sign. Galvin’s office had quickly told them the form — which allows a person to use their mouse to scrawl their signature — was not acceptable.

The SJC ruling, however, allows candidates to use forms such as the one Shack designed, though candidates must still provide hard copies of the electronically-signed forms to election officials.

Without allowing electronic signatures, the whole process was skewed to favor incumbents and candidates with lots of money, he said. “This decision doesn’t make it easy, but it levels the playing field,” he said. Read more here