Local Election Commissioners Explain Reforms
Written by Dan Fischer on January 30, 2019
The following information includes the changes to the political calendar that will affect candidates who wish to run for public office beginning this year. It also gives a summary on early voting. It is the Board of Elections objective to give as much information to Genesee County residents so that implementing the new election laws will be as transparent and as seamless as possible.
• Primary Election The primary election has been changed from mid-September to June 25, 2019. Going forward, the unified Primary date will now fall on the 4th Tuesday in June unless otherwise changed by the state legislature.
• Petitions and Ballot Access The first day for signing designating petitions for public office is now February 26, 2019 and the dates for filing petitions is April 1 – April 4. These petition dates apply for the following designated Party lines based on the last Gubernatorial race; Democratic Party, Republican Party, Conservative Party, Working Families Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Independence Party and SAM Party.
• Caucus Ballot Access For political Parties who are designated as a ‘caucus town’ their nominating process will follow these dates — first day to hold a town caucus is February 26 and the last to file certificates of nominations is July 25th.
• Independent Petitions First day for signing Independent petitions is April 16, 2019. Dates for filing Independent petitions is May 21- May 28.
• Early Voting Early voting will be applicable for this year’s general election (November 5, 2019) but not the primary election on June 25, 2019. In subsequent years early voting will be applicable for the primary election. The new law states that each county will provide, beginning on the 10th day prior to the general election and ending on and including the second day prior to the election, early voting at a polling location(s) to be determined by the County Board of Elections. This will include 9 days of early voting, five 8 hour week days which will include 2 evening hours, and two – 5 hour weekends ending the Sunday prior to the election. When these polling locations are determined they will be publicized in local media and on our website.