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Candidates who wish to run for public office should visit the website of the NYS Board of Elections for detailed information on how to become a candidate, set up and report on campaign treasury activities, and detailed information on election law. Visit If possible a candidate should contact their local political party chairperson.

Petition Dates for 2018 General Election:

Type of PetitionFirst Day Voter Can Sign PetitionFirst Day to FileLast Day to File
Designating (Party) June 5 July 9 July 12
Independent Nominating July 10 Aug 14 Aug 21
Primary Election - September 13, 2018
General Election - November 6, 2018

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