Go ahead and answer the doorbell
This year, a procedural struggle is taking place right at your front door for the leadership of the Independence Party. The petitions that designate local representation to the Independence Party’s governing body, known as, The State Committee , circulate - according to State Election Law - every two years for about four weeks. This time period falls within the election cycle for representatives to the New York State Assembly. All political parties within the state must reconstitute themselves during this cycle; hence, the agitated climate for this year’s petition drives.
WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN: The signer of a petition is not obligated to vote for the people whose names are on the petition. The signature is a civic act to place names on the ballot, and does not obligate the signer to anything. The petition process is part of our election system, and all political parties circulate petitions to place the names of their candidates on the ballot. The more petitions that circulate, the more choices voters have for elections.
No where else in politics can your opinion, and participation make so large a difference as in this small party of independent minded voters. In most areas of New York State less then 40 signatures on a petition can designate a candidate to the Independence Party State Committee - or designate a candidate for President of the United States, or for any other office in government. By signing a petition, you become the one in forty; placing names on the Primary ballot that could bring important change to the political system.
The Independence Party is the third largest political organization in New York State, and Independence candidates appear on column “C” of local voting machines. Good Government is the primary duty of every citizen. With the Independence Party, it has never been easier to exercise the franchise that is every American’s birthright - the freedom to select candidates and to vote .
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT SIGN: If you disapprove of the candidate, then don’t sign the petition. If you do not know anything about the candidate, ask the petition carrier for information, or ask to speak to the candidate in person. If the candidate wont take the time and trouble to communicate with you personally, then don’t sign the petition. Sometimes it’s just as important not to sign as to sign a petition, and in either case, it should be an informed choice.
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New York City
June 20, 2002