In Nick Kotsopoulos’ column in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Nick writes that slots might not only influence the fall election: slots may be the fall election.
The referendum on whether the city should permit the operation of a slots parlor in downtown Worcester may be on the ballot for the Sept. 17 preliminary municipal election.
Voters could be deciding the slots issue the very same day they choose which City Council candidates to advance to the November municipal ballot.
Mr. Kotsopoulos postulates the one could influence the other, and that the slots parlor question could determine who makes it past the preliminary election and onto the November Council ballot.
The slots issue is already influencing the City Council election. Our Facebook fans have commented that the slots issue is affecting their views of particular Councilors. More than one challenger, in declaring his or her candidacy, has expressed a view on the slots parlor, generally a negative one.
There is still time to make it on the fall ballot. All nomination papers are due by 5 pm on May 21.
- Anyone running for an at-large seat on the City Council must have certified the signatures of 300 registered Worcester voters on nomination papers
- Anyone running for a district seat must have certified the signatures of 100 registered voters of that district
- At least one nomination sheet must have the notarized signature of the candidate
This is all that it takes to get on the municipal ballot for this fall!
Note that any city council candidate who takes donations is required to register with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance submit reports on donations and expenditures electronically. The directions on how to get signed up with their system are found here.
If you have questions on any of this, the Election Commission on the second floor of City Hall welcomes questions on the process.