Brady cleared for congressio­nal bal­lot

Sentinel & Enterprise - - MASSACHUSE­TTS - By Chris Lisin­ski

Repub­li­can can­di­date He­len Brady will chal­lenge U.S. Rep. Bill Keat­ing this fall af­ter all.

The state’s high­est court ruled Mon­day that Brady is el­i­gi­ble for the bal­lot, over­turn­ing a de­ci­sion from the State Bal­lot Law Com­mis­sion that blocked her ac­cess based on how her cam­paign col­lected and sub­mit­ted elec­tronic nom­i­na­tion sig­na­tures.

Three days af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments in the case, the Supreme Ju­di­cial Court or­dered Sec­re­tary of State Wil­liam Galvin to print Brady’s name on the Sept. 1 Repub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion bal­lot. Last month, fol­low­ing a com­plaint by reg­is­tered Ninth Congressio­nal Dis­trict voter Leon Arthur Brath­waite II, the SBLC deemed Brady in­el­i­gi­ble to run be­cause a third-party ven­dor her cam­paign used to col­lect elec­tronic sig­na­tures stored them in a sep­a­rate file and then im­ported them into the fi­nal nom­i­na­tion pa­per doc­u­ment.

The com­mis­sion ruled that process vi­o­lated a re­quire­ment in an SJC de­ci­sion out­lin­ing e-sig­na­ture use that cam­paigns had to sub­mit “na­tive” doc­u­ments onto which vot­ers di­rectly af­fixed their sig­na­tures.

How­ever, the SJC dis­agreed with that in­ter­pre­ta­tion of its own rul­ing.

In a brief two-page or­der, the court said that the process Brady used “com­plied in sub­stance with the ma­te­rial re­quire­ments” of the so-called Gold­stein rul­ing. A length­ier opin­ion out­lin­ing jus­tices’ rea­son­ing for va­cat­ing the SBLC de­ci­sion was not avail­able Mon­day.

Brady could not be reached for im­me­di­ate com­ment on the de­ci­sion Mon­day af­ter­noon. It’s the third straight elec­tion cy­cle that she’s run­ning — for­mer Rep. Cory Atkins of Con­cord de­feated Brady in 2016 and in 2018 Brady lost her statewide race to Au­di­tor Suzanne Bump.

Her at­tor­ney, Christo­pher Ken­ney, had ar­gued that block­ing her from the bal­lot on the tech­ni­cal point would have vi­o­lated her equal pro­tec­tion con­sti­tu­tional rights, not­ing that 39 other can­di­dates — in­clud­ing sev­eral who qual­i­fied for the bal­lot — used the same com­pany to col­lect sig­na­tures but did not face any con­se­quences be­cause their el­i­gi­bil­ity was not chal­lenged.

Chris christo / Boston her­ald

he­len Br dy t the 2018 repub­lic n st te con­ven­tion.

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