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Offices up for election in 2016
If a party nominates its candidates through the primary election process, party designations for this primary are made on a designating petition. Only enrolled members of a party qualified to vote for an office may sign designating petitions of the party.
Nomination of Non-Party Member
Political parties may nominate a candidate who is not an enrolled member of the political party. Such parties must file a Certificate of Authorization, signed and acknowledged by the presiding officer and the secretary of the meeting at which such authorization is given. A certificate of authorization is not needed for nominations resulting from a caucus or for a candidate for a judicial office.
A candidate nominated by a party other than their own must file a Certificate of Acceptance.
Independent Nominating Petition
To run for office on a line other than an official party line, one must file an independent nominating petition. Any registered voter who has not already signed a designating petition, and who is qualified to vote for an office, may sign an independent nominating petition for that office.
Independent candidates must file a Certificate of Acceptance.
Opportunity to Ballot Petition
A petition containing ten (10) or more pages requires a cover sheet.
The Otsego County Board of Elections does not oversee village elections. Any inquiries about elections or running for an elected office should be directed to the Village Clerk.