Saturday, April 11, 2020

In the News: How do candidates collect signatures while social distancing?

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Franklin resident Matt Kelly has been driving around a lot lately, and using a lot of hand sanitizer. 
The Franklin town councilor is hoping to become a candidate on the November ballot for state senator, but social distancing guidelines have made collecting the necessary signatures a much more difficult task than in years past. 
The typical approaches – standing outside grocery stores or downtown, going door-to-door meeting people or holding events – are now public health risks. 
Instead, Kelly is spending his days asking people via social media if they’ll support his campaign, then donning one of the masks his young children made for him and driving to people’s homes with a nomination sheet. He tapes them to storm doors or puts them in mailboxes, then picks up the signed papers the next day."
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Related post: The MA Senate has released the text of a bill for work next week to reduce the number of signatures required due to the circumstances of the pandemic.

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