How to Run for County Committee

The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

Petitioning season for the following county committees will begin on February 26th, 2019 due to election reforms:

Manhattan Democratic County Committee, Staten Island Democratic County Committee

Manhattan Republican County Committee, Staten Island Republican County Committee, Bronx Republican County Committee, Queens Republican County Committee, Brooklyn Republican County Committee

Step 1 — Check your eligibility

County Committee members are "party" positions which means that the members need to be registered to that particular political party to run.

  • You are a registered voter of your party? Check your registration here.
  • You live and are registered to vote in the assembly district in which you want to run.

Step 2 — Pick an Election District to Run For:

You don't necessarily need to live in the election district to run for its county committee seat. You actually can run if you live in the same assembly district.

Over half the county committee seats in NY state go unfilled, which means that you do not need to run against someone if your ED seat is already filled.

Find vacant seat in your assembly district by looking up your address here.

Step 3 — Petition to Run in Petition Season

Check the BOE calendar for the next petitioning season.

You will need to collect signatures within a specific date range in order to be valid. (See "DESIGNATING PETITIONS FOR STATE/LOCAL PRIMARY" table. NOT the federal primary)

A county committee term is two years and different counties have elections on different years, so check that your county committee is having an election.

These are the important dates you should mark on your calendar.

  • First day for signing designating petitions for state/local offices. §6-134(4) — Feb 26, 2019
  • Dates for filing designating petitions for state/local offices. §6-158(1) — April 1-4, 2019
  • State Primary: June 25, 2019 (Note this is earlier in the year due to consolidated primaries)

Once petition season starts, it's time to hit the pavement.

You typically need between 20 and 40 signatures to meet the requirements for a county committee designating petition. 

Download the petitioning form here.

Each petition signer needs to be the following:

  • Registered to vote in the election district.
  • A registered member for the party you are petitioning for.
  • Signed within the petition season dates. 

Step 4 — Submit Your Petition in the Submission Window

There are only a few days in which petitions can be submitted to the Board of Elections. You need to postmark your submission or submit in person to your county BOE. You can find your county BOE board address here.

In New York City you submit your petition to:

New York City Board of Elections

32 Broadway, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-487-5300

Step 5 — Get Out the Vote

There is a good chance your seat will be uncontested in which case, you already will be on the next county committee, and you will not be on the ballot.

If you are running against someone, now is the time to contact the people in your election district so they know to vote on election day.

Additional Information:

NY State Political Calendar

NY State Statute on Designating Petitions

Designating Petition Form

Address and Contact Info of All NY State Election Boards

What is a Committee?

Guide on Petitioning

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