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A word about Massachusetts law relating to the Presidential Election might be in order, particularly as it applies to the national party conventions taking place this summer.

Presidential Primaries were held on the first Tuesday in March as required by M.G.L. c.  53, § 28. Results of the primaries are available from the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.  In Massachusetts, three parties held primaries that produced winning candidates.

M.G.L., Chapter 53, § 70B addresses the selection of delegates and alternate delegates to the national conventions of political parties. It makes reference to systems adopted by the party’s state committees. The State party committee is responsible for a plan for choosing delegates. Each party has complied with this law in its own way.

Democrats. The Massachusetts Delegate Selection Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is available online. A one-pager describes “How to Become a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

Republicans. The Massachusetts Republican Party Plan for the Selection of Delegates to the Cleveland, OH National Convention is also available online. MassGOP National Convention Delegate Process outlines how the delegates have been selected more concisely.

Green-Rainbow Party. The Green-Rainbow Party Presidential Nominating Convention Delegate Selection Plan was approved by the Green-Rainbow Party State Committee on June 29, 2008. “This plan is in effect starting for the 2008 presidential election. This plan will continue to be in effect for the presidential elections following the 2008 presidential election unless a new plan is submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth that has been approved by the State Committee of the Green-Rainbow Party.” Applications by party members to be voting delegates, subject to the Delegate Selection Plan, were accepted up until March 10, 2016. Convention information about the 2016 Green Party’s national convention is available online.

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