How to Petition


Although the following is modeled after New York your State should not be to different.

  1. First day for signing designating petitions - Look on your state political callandar
  2. Dates for filing petitions - Look on your state political callandar
  3. Number of required signatures - in NY 5% of the registered party members in your election district plus a few extra. - Look on your state political calendar

IMPORTANT UPDATE READ THIS FIRST In the following video on the petition process it was suggested that you get the petition of the person who was committeeman before you and copy the petition details. Since then we have investigated designating petitions throughout the state and we have found numerous petitions that have the wrong information when describing the party position. The powers that be accepted these petitions because all these people were pre approved party animals, you are not so approved, they will throw out your petition.

In the Party Position description fill it out exactly the way you are shown in the video. There was one error on the video [see #1&2 below] and Four other points was either left out or not clearly pointed out [see #3-6 below] and must be taken into consideration.

  1. You can petition in any election district in your town, NOT YOUR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.
  2. There is only "ONE" committeeman per election district.
  3. Some towns have Wards so you will need to place your ward # between your Election district # and your town or city.
  4. In NYC only you need to use your borough and city e.g. = Bronx, New York City
  5. In NYC only you need to place your Assembly district # between your Election district# and your borough and city.
  6. In NYC only the Democratic party must use Green paper and the Republican party must use Cherry paper for their designating petitions and cover sheets as per election law §6204.2 failure to use these colors will be fatal.
  7. In order to run for public office each candidate must begin at this first step. running a petition. The process is quite simple but there are a few mistakes often made by candidates unfamiliar with the process.

These mistakes can result in a candidate’s petition being disqualified, so ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS CRITICAL. There are six parts to the following video sometimes the videos are not played automatically so you will have to click the next video. Video length is about 60 min.


The following is a recap of the points made on the video:

  1. You must alter the title to represent the party in whose primary you wish to run.
  2. You must put all information for the candidate in the appropriate space provided
  3. You must accurately identify the office for which the candidate is running “Committeeman”. If you use any other title you will not be a committeeman!
  4. A committee to fill vacancies should be identified. Each person must be of the same parts as the candidate and will appoint a substitute for the candidate in the event the candidate is unable to complete the campaign by reason of death or incapacity.
  5. The Witness section of the petition is very important and candidates must pay close attention to this section.
  6. All dates on a single page must be in chronological order.
  7. In the petitions provided below, eight signature lines are available. It is important that the first line he signed and dated earlier than line eight. Should this not be the case, all signatures on that page are eliminated from the candidate’s signature total.
  8. Signatures and addresses should be legible in order to prevent challenge to the signature.
  9. The town or city MUST be correct. Postal codes are not necessarily towns. Example the address 123 Main St., Akron, New York 14001 is a proper mailing address. However, the village of Akron is not a town. The person signing the petition must use the address 123 Main St. Town of Newstead since the village of Akron resides within the Town of Newstead. Employees of the Board of Election are fully aware of this and are eager to disqualify any signature which improperly states the town. For accuracy sake, obtain the full list of towns with in the area you wish to run and pre print the town name on the petition in order to prevent individual’s from improperly using postal information.
  10. The witness statement appears more complicated than it really is. The person circulating the petition must meet one of two qualifications in order for the petition to be valid.
  11. Option one, the person circulating is the candidate or of the same party as the candidate, living within the state of New York.
  12. Option two, the person circulating the petition is a notary or commissioner of deeds. In this event it is not necessary that the person circulating the petition be of the same party as the candidate.
  13. The appropriate witness section should be completed by the witness prior to submitting the signatures to the candidate for inclusion in the final petition. For accuracy sake a new page should be used each day of the petition drive and witnesses should complete the page even if all lines on the page are not filled.
  14. There are no penalties for unused lines.
  15. The candidate must determine how many signatures are required for the office for which he or she wishes to run. The number of signatures required is 5% of the registered party members in the election district you are running in.
  16. As a non-party endorsed candidate a man once told me of the Board of Elections “you have no friends there”. Each person at the Board of Elections is appointed by the major parties and cannot be held accountable for misdeeds. All information must be verified. For those of you that will eventually challenge an endorsed candidate let me give you this same piece of advice concerning the Board of Election. “You have no friends there”.
  17. The petition process is very specific. A political calendar is available on this website, which will instruct you on when to circulate your petition and when to have it complete and submitted to the Board. No signatures may appear in a petition prior to the first day of the petition drive as prescribed by the Board of Election. Any signatures dated prior to the first day will he disqualified.
  18. The person circulating the petition must ask the individual signing the petition if he or she has signed another petition for the same office. No individual may sign multiple petitions for the same office therefore it is imperative that signatures be obtained early. A duplicate signature for the same office will he discarded according to date obtained.
  19. The petition must be assembled per the election law. This process is easier today than in days past but must be adhered to.
  20. All petitions must be bound, all pages must be numbered in ascending order. Ensure all information provided complies with the law in content and form.
  21. By encouraging participation in the election process it is hoped that all elected officials will he more conscious of their responsibility to the people. We can and must remind those in public office who they work for. Candidates running in competitive primary elections will send that message.

2014 NEW YORK Petitions

NEW YORK - 2014 Official Political Calendar.pdf


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