Candidates starting petition drives earlier following election reforms

Feb 26, 2019

Candidates for elected office and their supporters will begin knocking on doors Tuesday, as the 2019 designating petition schedule gets underway.

"Voters should expect to be visited by candidates and volunteers much earlier than usual," said Republican Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr.

Election law reforms adopted by state lawmakers earlier this year included a consolidated federal, state and local primary in June rather than September. Petitioning to secure ballot lines for the September primary took place in June and July, but the process will now occur in February and March.

"This is the first concrete example of what election reform means for New Yorkers," said Democratic BOE Commissioner Jeremy Zellner.

The 2019 primary is June 25. Any election questions can be directed to county Boards of Election.