The Herald reports that Rayla Campbell, the Randolph Republican who likes to show up at events in a flag dress, is suing the state to get on the November ballot in the 7th congressional district, currently represented by Ayanna Pressley.
Campbell got 1,200 write-in votes in the Sept. 1 Republican primary for the seat, running against another write-in candidate. The Secretary of State's office decided not to put her on the November ballot because state law normally requires a candidate to get at least 2,000 votes - the same number as the signatures normally required to get on the ballot. The Herald reports Campbell is arguing that number should be cut to 1,000, which would put her on the ballot, the same way the Supreme Judicial Court cut the number of signatures required to get on the primary ballot from 2,000 to 1,000 due to Covid-19 concerns.
After turning in what state officials said was only 544 valid signatures for the primary, Campbell sued when the state said she would not be on that ballot.
The Supreme Judicial Court sided with the state, rejecting Campbell's arguments that she should have gotten special treatment because the district has so many minority and non-English-speaking residents and because the district, which includes such areas as Chelsea and East Boston, was particularly hard hit by Covid-19.