How Do Candidates Get on the Ballot?
In New York State, most candidates get on the ballot by filing a petition. The number of signatures required varies, depending on the political office and whether the candidate is seeking a party nomination or wants to run as an independent.
Who May Sign a Petition?
Only enrolled party members may sign petitions for candidates who seek their party’s nomination. A candidate seeking to run as an independent in the general election may have any registered voter living within the appropriate district sign a petition, as long as that person has not already signed on behalf of another candidate. Sign in the presence of the petitioner.
Is There a Drawback to Signing a Petition?
NO! Signing a petition is an important way to participate in the electoral process. Signing a petition doesn’t commit you to voting for that person on election day.