Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has filed petitions containing more than 70,000 signatures statewide to get on New York’s Democratic presidential primary ballot on April 19, according to the campaign’s attorney.
Tom Garry, who is overseeing the petition drive, said Clinton filed petitions in Albany and in various counties Monday, meeting requirements for 5,000 signatures statewide and 500 signatures for delegate slates in each of New York’s 27 congressional districts.
Anita Katz, Suffolk’s Democratic elections commissioner, said Clinton backers filed about 1,100 signatures for its slate in the 1st Congressional District.
Garry said about 2,000 signatures were filed each in the 4th Congressional District in Nassau; the 2nd Congressional District, which straddles Nassau and Suffolk; the 3rd Congressional District, which spans Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, and the 5th Congressional District in Nassau and Queens.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is vying with Clinton for the Democratic nomination, has until Thursday to file or mail his petitions to qualify for the New York ballot.
Republican Party rules do not require party presidential contenders to file petitions to qualify for the primary ballot or delegate spots. Republicans will have 95 delegates, 81 awarded by results in congressional districts. If a candidate gets a majority in a congressional district or statewide, he or she gets all the delegates. If candidates get fewer than half, the delegates are split proportionately.