2Respondent became an inhabitant of the state of Utah, thereby abandoning hisMassachusetts domicile.The Commission finds, rules and concludes that the Respondent’s testimony wascredible in all respects regarding the fact that the Respondent intended Massachusetts to be his domicile from 1971 to the present. The Commission further finds that theObjectors have failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the Respondentever abandoned his Massachusetts domicile and established domicile in Utah. TheCommission finds, rules and concludes, as a matter of fact and law, that the Respondenthas been a continuous inhabitant of Massachusetts from 1971 to present.The Respondent therefore has met the inhabitancy qualification of theMassachusetts Constitution and is eligible to appear on the ballot as candidate for theoffice of Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
On June 7, 2002, three objections were filed, one by Susan Thomson, one byAaron I. Ginsburg and one by Thomas P. Tierney, challenging the Respondent’squalifications, claiming he had not been an inhabitant of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for seven years preceding the election to be held on November 5, 2002.
The State Ballot Law Commission (Commission) has jurisdiction to hear suchobjections pursuant to General Laws chapter 55B, section 4.
The objection of Mr. Tierney was withdrawn on June 18, 2002. See SBLC 02-07.