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The registration deadline for the New York State Federal Primary is Friday, June 1st, 2018.

Registrations must be dropped off or postmarked by that date to be included in election on June 26th.

In Broome County the Federal Primary in the 19th Congressional District is for Democratic and Women's Equality Party voters only. That effects only voters in those parties in Sanford Election Districts 2 & 3.

On Primary Day, the polls will be open from Noon-9pm at the Sanford Town Hall, but you MUST drop-off or postmark your registration form by Friday, June 1st.

Updated: May 22, 2018

It's that time of the year again - persons wishing to run for local or state elective office may be nominated either by a political party or through the filing of an independent nominating petition. If you want to run on a political line, you must be nominated by a party through Caucus (Kirkwood Democrats) or Primary Election (rest of Broome County).

If a party nominates its candidates through the primary election process, party designations for this primary are made on a Designating Petition.

The first day to pass a Designating Petition to appear on a party line is June 5th.

Political parties may nominate a candidate who is not an enrolled member of the political party with a Certificate of Authorization.

The Election Law sets forth the form of this petition; only enrolled members of a party qualified to vote for an office may sign Designating Petitions of the party.

To run for office on a line other than an official party line, one must file an Independent Nominating Petition. The first day to sign an Independent Nomination Petition for a local or state office is July 10th.

The Election Law sets forth the form of this petition; any registered voter who has not already signed a designating petition, and who is qualified to vote for an office, may sign an independent nominating petition for that office.

If you have not received Authorization to seek a line, one can challenge the party with an Opportunity to Ballot Petition, which is a petition of enrolled members of a party requesting an opportunity to write in the name of an undesignated candidate running for a public office in the State & Local Primary Election, effectively running a write-in campaign.

For petition signature requirements and more information visit our Politics page and view our 2018 Running for Elective Office Book (for a quick link, just click the book cover at the left).

Updated: May 22, 2018

The New York State Federal Primary for Congressional and US Senate offices is set for Tuesday, June 26th from Noon-9pm.

Broome County is part of the 19th and 22nd Congressional Districts.

At this point, there is no 22nd Congressional Primary in any party, but there will be Democratic and Women’s Equality Party Primaries in the 19th Congressional, which includes parts of the Town of Sanford (Election Districts's 2 & 3).

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