New York Signature Requirements

Signature Requirements: 

  • Local Initiatives require two rounds of signatures. First Round: 10% or 33,000 whichever is less, to get on in front of the legislature for approval, if the legislature fails to approve the measures proponents of local initiatives can gather a Second Round of an additional 5% of 15,000 whichever is less, to put their measure on the ballot.
  • Nominations: U.S. Senate and Statewide Executive Offices: 15,000 signatures – U.S. House: Partisan Candidates – 1,250, Independent Candidates – 3,500 – State Senate: Partisan Candidates – 1000 signatures, Independent Candidates – 3000 signatures – House of Representatives: Partisan Candidates 500 signatures – Independent Candidates: 1,500 signatures
  • Deadlines: Charter Amendments – First Round: NONE – Second Round: between two to four months after the First Round.
  • Constitutional Convention – Automatic every 20 years.

New York Consolidated Laws, Municipal Home Rule, Article 4, Part 2, §37 gives New York citizens the right to Home Rule and binding local charter amendments.

The following three websites provide the most current information about your state’s ballot proposal news.

New York at Ballotpedia

New York at Citizens in Charge

New York at Recall the Rogues