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Romney Ballot Law Commission Decision

Romney Ballot Law Commission Decision

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1COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTSSUFFOLK, SS.STATE BALLOT LAW COMMISSIONDocket No. 02-05Docket No. 02-06 ______________________________ )SUSAN THOMSON,)Objector))v.))MITT ROMNEY,)Respondent) ______________________________) ______________________________ 
STATEMENT OF REASONS
)AARON I. GINSBURG,)Objector))v.))MITT ROMNEY,)Respondent) ______________________________)
I. INTRODUCTION
The Respondent, Mitt Romney, is a Republican candidate for the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To seek that office, he must have been an “inhabitant” of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for “seven years next preceding” his election, which, in this case, is from November 5, 1995. Mass. Const. Pt.2, C. 1, § 2, Art. 2.Objections were filed challenging the Respondent’s eligibility to seek the officeof Governor. The Objectors claim that, when the Respondent accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee of the2002 Winter Olympic Games and relocated to Utah from 1999 until February 2002, the
 
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.
II.OBJECTIONS
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.
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The State Ballot Law Commission (Commission) has jurisdiction to hear suchobjections pursuant to General Laws chapter 55B, section 4. 
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The objection of Mr. Tierney was withdrawn on June 18, 2002. See SBLC 02-07.

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