Board of Elections lays out rules of petitioning

CHENAGNO COUNTY – Beginning June 2, 2015, registered voters in Chenango County and across New York State will be approached to sign political petitions for public office and State Committee representation. Those living in towns that caucus as opposed to circulating petitions will have the opportunity to sign petitions for county-wide offices.

Each election year has different offices expiring be it at the local, county or state level. This year’s main elections in Chenango County will be Town and City Supervisors in Norwich, Norwich Mayor, and District Attorney for Chenango County.

In order for a candidate’s name to appear on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 general election ballot, by state law they must first collect a certain number of qualified voter signatures on their petitions. If more than one candidate is running for office, a primary election is held first to determine whose name will appear on the designating party line of the general election ballot.

This year’s primary election will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015. A number of offices are being sought by more than one candidate while other offices are unopposed. Regardless, all of these candidates who circulate petitions will be asking for voter signatures.

By signing a petition for a candidate, you are supporting their bid to have their name appear on the primary election ballot if there is more than one candidate running for that particular office. If running unopposed, a candidate must still circulate a petition in order for their name to appear on the general election ballot.

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