Provides that a candidate who files a certificate of acceptance for an office for which there have been filed certificates or petitions designating more than one candidate for the nomination of any party, may thereafter file a certificate of declination not later than the seventh day after the primary election.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to nominating and designating petitions and certificates
PURPOSE: To allow a candidate seeking to fill an office position in a general election the opportunity to decline a party designation upon conclusion of the primary election.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 6-158 of the election law. Subdivision 2 is amended to provide that "a candidate who files such a certificate of acceptance for an office for which there have been filed certificates or petitions designating more than one candidate for the nomination of any party, may thereafter file a certificate of declination not later than the seven day after the primary election."
EXISTING LAW: A certification of declination can only be filed within four days after the final day to file such a designation.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, a candidate far an office to be filled at the time of a general election has the ability to decline an independent nomination after the primary election. No similar provision exists for a candidate to decline a patty designation after a the primary election. As a result of this, designated candidates who lost a party primary are forced to remain on the ballot, regardless of whether they have opted to end campaigning efforts or have endorsed another candidate. The presence of a candidate on the ballot who has already resigned from the race serves no other purpose than to siphon off votes from earnest candidates.
The lack of such a provision has also encouraged the practice of using Supreme Court nominations to create a vacancy after a primary election. Something as important as a judicial nomination should not be used as a tool to remove a candidate who no longer wishes to run from a ballot. This bill would make this practice unnecessary.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.4827-A/A.10789 Passed Senate/Referred to Election Law
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 94 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to nominating and desig- nating petitions and certificates THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 6-158 of the election law, as amended by chapter 434 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: 2. A certificate of acceptance or declination of a designation shall be filed not later than the fourth day after the last day to file such designation, EXCEPT THAT A CANDIDATE WHO FILES SUCH A CERTIFICATE OF ACCEPTANCE FOR AN OFFICE FOR WHICH THERE HAVE BEEN FILED CERTIFICATES OR PETITIONS DESIGNATING MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE FOR THE NOMINATION OF ANY PARTY, MAY THEREAFTER FILE A CERTIFICATE OF DECLINATION NOT LATER THAN THE SEVENTH DAY AFTER THE PRIMARY ELECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01971-01-3