Public Advocate Special Election Field Narrows Slightly, with Ballot Challenge Decisions Looming

BOE rules for ballot access are notoriously complex and candidates are often kicked off based on technicalities, inviting legal challenges that sometimes end up in court. There are 20 candidates remaining in the race after community activist Ifeoma Ike, perennial candidate Walter Iwachiw, and Helal Sheikh, a former City Council candidate, were deemed ineligible to […]

Understanding the Labyrinth: New York’s Ballot Access Laws

The law is very specific about how many signatures candidates must collect. They have to get 5 percent of the enrolled voters of the political party in the political unit covered by the office — council district, borough or the entire city — or the specific numbers enumerated in the state’s Election Law, whichever is less. […]