Clyde Williams wants to run for Congress against incumbent Charles Rangel, but his petitions to get on the ballot have been challenged for not meeting the law’s requirements. His reaction:
“Last night, I learned that associates of Charlie Rangel intend to try to block my access to the ballot,” Mr. Williams wrote on his Facebook page. “Some might say a petition challenge is the sincerest form of flattery. But in fact what my opponents are challenging is the right of the people to be heard – trying to silence the voices of change. I will fight this challenge because I – like so many District residents – share a the desire to change our fortunes and seize our future for the better.”
Getting on the ballot in New York involves 1) collecting the required number of signatures, 2) following the specific requirements of the election law, and 3) defending your petition from legal challenge. The purpose of the process is to ensure that fringe candidates without broad support don’t force the taxpayers to foot the bill for unneeded elections.
The laws go back decades, and well-prepared candidates big and small have successfully gotten themselves on the ballot. You can do it too, if you have broad support and do your homework.
For whining, Clyde Williams can Bite Me.