Update: Bedford Caucus Legislation with Reduced Signature Requirement Heading Down to the Wire at the State House

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Legislation permitting candidates for Bedford town office to qualify for the ballot with only 10 residents’ signatures on nominating petitions is expected to become law.

Editor’s Note:   This article has been updated to reflect the most recent data from the State House on Monday evening, Jan. 4, 2021

The provision is part of a bill that allows the town to defer the 2021 citizens’ nominating caucus for safety reasons. The bill has been approved by the Senate and should be enacted by the House of Representatives and sent to the governor as soon as late tonight, according to Bedford State Rep. Kenneth Gordon.

Gordon said he expects approval to be a formality, but he is checking on the status of the proposal frequently to ensure that it doesn’t fall through the cracks as the legislative session comes to a close.

Original reports were that the bill did not change the number of 50 required signatures, which was a deterrent to several candidates because of the challenge of obtaining them during a time of restricted gatherings and few casual interactions.

The caucus was an alternative to gathering signatures. The Caucus normally would have taken place this Tuesday evening, Jan. 5.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763
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