According to an article from the Salamanca Press, more than 14,000 democrats signed the nominating petitions for the “NY-23 Five” Democratic Congressional Candidates. The article listed the number of signatures reported by the Candidates’ campaigns, mostly given in round numbers as: Mitrano with 5,300, Golden with 2,800, Andrei and Della Pia with 2,100 each, and Sundquist with 2,021. Each candidate needed to have 1,250 legal signatures to have their names on the June 26 Democratic Primary Ballot.
Those figures are not final. Anyone can challenge the petitions. If that happens the challenger would have to review the petitions and look for reasons to invalidate signatures or petition pages. Voters signatures can be disqualified for various reasons including, but not limited to: the person is not a registered democratic voter in the NY-23rd, the address they provided was incorrect, the signature was placed on the petition outside of the allowed collection date, or the person signed more than one petition. A whole petition page (or even the whole petition) can be disqualified if legally required information was left out. The Board of Elections has until May 4 to certify or deny the petitions.
The next phase of campaigning will begin soon. Expect more knocks on doors, phone calls, mailings, yard signs, social media contacts, news releases and seeing candidates at local events. Contact your County Democratic Party, Grassroots groups and candidates campaigns to get involved.
Note: The NY-23 Five Candidates will be at the Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) event, “A Candidate’s Forum on the Environment” at The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira (3 to 5 PM).