Gov. Cuomo temporarily adjusts election procedures with executive order

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Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on Coronavirus in March 2020. (Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo / Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order temporarily adjusting election procedures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The executive order suspends the candidate petitioning process, effective 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, for the June primaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and Judicial races. 

The executive order will lower signature requirements for ballot access; candidates will only need to collect 30% of the statutory threshold. For Congress, candidates would need 375 signatures rather than 1,250. For State Senate, candidates would need 300 signatures rather than 1,000. For Assembly, candidates would only need 150 signatures rather than 500.

“Public health experts have been clear that one of the most common ways to communicate COVID-19 is through direct person to person contact, and we are doing everything in our immediate power to reduce unnecessary interactions,” Governor Cuomo said. “This executive order modifies the election process in a way that both protects public health and ensures the democratic process remains healthy and strong regardless of the ongoing pandemic.” 

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