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Monday, May 19, 2008

The likely Primary field should be set in 18 days

bumped: with update below

While speculation abounds about who wants to jump into this race we don't have to wait too long to know what the field will look like. Ballot petitioning starts on June 3 meaning we should know who is in by then. New York state requires Congressional candidates to collect 1,250 signatures [PDF] to get on the Democratic primary ballot. Candidates will have until July 17 to complete this and will need all of that time. Because this is New York City candidates need to collect well above the required signatures thanks to the numerous challenges that will occur and the subsequent disqualification of pages of signatures for various minor indiscretions. Candidates who win the support of the party will have their petitions carried by numerous volunteers for the party giving them a tremendous advantage.

Here is the amount of signatures required to get on the ballot for various parties in this district; [source, PDF]
1,250 Democrat
423 Independence
251 Conservative
56 WFP

The Independence Party will be screening candidates on May 25th.
WFP will be screening candidates later that week.

Expect the list of potential candidates to be a lot shorter by June 3. My guess at this point is that the list will be down to 2-3. I will expand more on this in future posts.

note: I have a feeling some of these numbers or dates may be off. Reading through New York State election law is not as fun as it may sound, nor clear and concise. So what did I miss?

My readers are smarter than me, good work;

Nominating petitions are set to hit the street on June 3, and must be returned to the Board of Elections no later than July 10. Candidates who wish to decline a nomination must do so by July 14, elections officials told the Advance.

Thanks to the anonymous commenter who pointed this out.

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At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On NYS Board of Elections website is the 2008 Political Calendar. On the NYC Board of Elections website is the 2008 Primary Calendar. Petitions are filed from July 7 to July 10.
Also your statement that pags are found invalid for minor problems has not been correct in a very very long time. The rules have been changed to make it far easier with a long list of information no longer required. Most common reason a name is found invalid is becasue the peron is not a democrat, follwed by not living in the district

At 3:14 PM, Blogger me said...

The July 7-10 deadline is for "designating petitions". Not quite sure what that is. The July 17 deadline I mentioned is for "opportunity to ballot petitions" which seem as if it is the deadline to file to appear on a ballot.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be a candidate of a political party, a person must file a designating petiton. This how people become candidates for party and public office. An opportunity to ballot allows for "write-in" candidates in party primaries. See seciton 6-164 of NYS Election Law. They are very rarely filed.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger me said...

thanks. Can you explain why the range from July 7-10? Seems odd that is it not just July 7 or July 10.


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