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Abstract

Navigating the laws of how to properly submit a petition to be placed on a local election ballot can often be quite complex and contain many technicalities that can render the petition moot. As a result, many petitioners who lack the expertise in filling out all the requisite forms are left off the ballot. This Note examines the statutes and court decisions that have led to the current body of New York laws governing the designation petition process and discusses the constitutionality of removing a petitioner from a primary ballot due their omission in a cover sheet. The Note proceeds by comparing the New York laws with the laws of other States and concludes by recommending amendments to the New York designating petition law that would make it more fair to those who lack the expertise in its technicalities.

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