Feb 18 2012

New York Bill, Moving Independent Petition Deadline from August to May, Advances

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 16, the New York Assembly Election Law Committee passed A9271, which moves the independent petition deadline from August to May. The bill also lowers the number of signatures for a candidate to get on a primary ballot by 25%, and shrinks the petitioning period for primary petitions from 38 days to 28 days. The bill does not change the number of signatures needed for independent candidates.

If the bill is signed into law in its present wording, it would be unconstitutional, because the independent petition deadline would not pass muster under Anderson v Celebrezze.

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