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Petitions

Designating Petition
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 a Non-Party Member
Political parties  may designate a candidate who is not an enrolled member of the political party. Such parties must file a Certificate of Authorization digned and acknowledged by the presiding officer and the secretary of the meeting at which such authorization is given.  The candidate designated by a party other than their own must file a Certificate of Acceptance.
*Authorizations and Acceptances are not required for judicial candidates.

Independent Nominating Petition
To run for office on a line other than an official party line, a candidate must file an independent nominating petition. Any registered voter, who has not already signed a petition, and who is qualified to vote for that office, may sign an independent petition for that office. All independent candidates must file a Certificate of Acceptance.

Opportunity to Ballot Petition
Party members may circulate petitions to create the opportunity to write in the name of an unspecified person for office in which there is no contest for the party line.

Cover Sheet
A petition containing ten or more pages requires a cover sheet.

Filing by Mail or Overnight Delivery Service

Please note: for those who file by mail or overnight delivery service, such a filing shall be deemed timely filed and accepted for filing if: (i) the filing is sent by mail or approved overnight delivery service in an envelope postmarked or showing receipt by the overnight delivery service prior to the midnight of the last day of the filing, and (ii) such filing is also actually received by the board of elections no later than two business days after the last day to file. If either of these requirements is not met, the filing is fatally defective as provided by NYS Election Law § 1-106.

This rule applies to all certificates of nomination, certificates of designation, designating petitions, nominating petitions, certificates of acceptance, certificates of declinations, certificates of substitution, objections and specifications of objections.

Pursuant to Election Law § 1-106, the approved overnight delivery services (in addition to United States Postal Mail, USPS Priority Mail and USPS Express Mail) are:

DHL Express:
DHL Express 9:00
DHL Express 10:30
DHL Express 12:00
DHL Express Worldwide
DHL Express Envelope
DHL Import Express 10:30
DHL Import Express 12:00
DHL Import Express Worldwide

FedEx:
FedEx First Overnight
FedEx Priority Overnight
FedEx Standard Overnight
FedEx 2 Day
FedEx International Next Flight Out
FedEx International Priority
FedEx International First
FedEx International Economy

UPS:
UPS Next Day Air Early AM
UPS Next Day Air
UPS Next Day Air Saver
UPS 2nd Day Air
UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.
UPS Worldwide Express Plus
UPS Worldwide Express.



For more information visit the New York State Board of Elections website