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Boston candidates may get more time to gather signatures

Candidates caught in Boston's ongoing redistricting case would get an extra two weeks to collect signatures under a bill being pushed by Secretary of State William Galvin.

The bill would have no effect on the rest of the election schedule. ...

House leaders were expected to present their latest version of the map to the three-judge appeals court panel on Tuesday, the six week deadline. Briefs from all sides were expected to be filed by the end of the week, followed by a court hearing on April 16, according to a spokesman for House Speaker Thomas Finneran, D-Boston.

Galvin said he is worried that delays could make it hard for candidates to collect signatures in time to qualify for the ballot. His bill tacks two weeks onto the signature deadline for any district affected by the new map. -- Bill would give candidates in redistricting case extra time (AP via Providence Journal)