It's March 2, which means petitioning begins today!
Petitioning is the process whereby candidates collect signatures from registered voters in their district. When enough signatures are collected, the candidate turns them in to the Board of Elections so that her name can appear on the ballot.
This year, because of the Covid pandemic, the State government reduced the number of signatures needed for the various districts. Additionally, they shortened the length of time folks can petition. Four years ago, I think I collected about 200 signatures. This year I'll need only 25. Though I will collect at least three times that, just in case of errors. And I'll be turning them in to the BOE by March 22nd.
As I petition, I'm following strict social distancing guidelines, staying six feet apart and wearing a mask. I've also bought special pens to hand out to each voter. A memento to remind them to vote in November!
Though this year's petitioning will be different and more challenging- thanks to Covid and March freezing temperatures- I generally enjoy the process. It's a chance to reconnect with neighbors, check in with folks I rarely hear from, and remind people to participate in Democracy.
I look forward to seeing some of you in my travels through District 12.