The Quirks of NY Election Law: Presumption of Validity and Petition Strategies – Two Landmark Cases in a Single County.

There is then a three-day window in which any interested individual (anyone affected directly by the race) may file general objections to a candidate‟s petition. This would be with regard to such items as correctness of the petition‟s coversheet and header information and whether or not a candidate who was not a member of the relevant political party would need the Certificate of Authorization (Wilson-Pakula). There is a longer timeframe of six additional days for the filing of specific objections where the same interested individuals may challenge individual items on the petition. Such items include incorrect dates, uninitialed corrections, invalid signatures (based on priors or the signer‟s lack of enrollment in the party in question, improper witness statements, apparently forged signatures, and others).

The affected individuals make their challenges and the relevant Board ofElections makes rulings on those challenges. The Board then either validates or invalidates the petition based on correctness of the challenges made. The last recourse for candidates or other affected individuals is to file a lawsuit against the Board