Are you interested in serving as a committee person on either the Republican or Democratic Committees in Yates County? If so, you must file a designating petition with the Yates County Board of Elections.

Are you interested in serving as a committee person on either the Republican or Democratic committees in Yates County? If so, you must file a designating petition with the Yates County Board of Elections. 

This can be a confusing process and can lead to disqualification as a committee member. To minimize the problem, the Yates County Board of Elections and both the Republican and Democratic Committees are offering Petition Completion Training, on Thursday May 17, 2018 at 3 p.m. and then again at 6 p.m., at the Yates County Office Building.

Democracy in the United States depends on having fair and open elections with candidates representing a breadth of positions on social issues. There needs to be a grassroots political process that involves informed voters and strong candidates for all offices, from the local elected dog catcher to the national president. This process starts with organized political parties.

While there are eight political parties recognized in the state of New York, there are many other fringe parties that have not received enough votes in recent elections to be one of the official recognized parties. For the most part, two parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, are the dominant recognized parties and as such have organized local committees. In Yates County, the Democrats have one countywide committee while the Republicans have several town committees as well as a large county committee.

These committees are where policy positions are discussed and adopted, lobby efforts originate and support for candidates is mustered. For many candidates, service within the committee structure is their training ground and a means to garner widespread party support for a candidacy. Members of the committee represent one of the 18 electoral districts in the county. In both the Democratic and Republican committees there will be four representatives from each district for a total of 72 members.

Membership in the committees is acquired through the local petitioning process in even-numbered years. Each candidate for the county committee must circulate petitions in the district that they plan on representing. Therefore, Individuals seeking committee membership will be knocking on doors and asking for supporting signatures starting June 5 th and ending July 12. In rare cases, there may be more candidates than there are committee openings. On a few occasions, there have been more than 4 candidates for the Republican Party in a Milo district, and that led to a contest on the September State

and Local Primary ballots.

For more information, please contact the Yates County Board of Elections, County Office Building Liberty Street, or 315-536- 5135.