AVON — With the political landscape heating up faster then the month of June, candidates must do their homework on campaign laws in each town and village so their signs do not violate code regulations.
For example in Avon, the fast approaching Republican caucus is set for June 25 with four positions up for election, the supervisor, the town justice, and two council positions. All positions are four year terms and one candidate, Jim Harrington, has already posted signs.
According to an employee at the Village of Avon’s office campaign signs can not be displayed more than 30 days prior to the general election or 15 days prior to the primary or caucus elections.
According to local zoning laws Jim Harrington is currently in violation zoning laws by having his signs up more then 15 days prior to the June 25th caucus.
The code violations vary from village to village and it is the responsibility of the candidate to be sure they are not in violation of the code regulations on the dates in which they can place the signs.
In addition to the time regulations political campaign signs can not be eluminated or exceed six square feet for each side.
On the financial end of the campaign according to the New York State Board of Elections website, a candidate is obligated to disclose all the receipts of, contributions to, expenditures by, and liabilities of the campaign, including the candidate’s own money. In order to do this, the candidate must file the Candidate Campaign Finance Registration form.
If the candidate has an authorized committee, then the committee can fulfill all the the candidates financial filing requirements. All that the candidate would need to do at this point is submit a Candidates Authorization for a Committee to make all Campaign Financial Disclosures form.
A candidate can choose to have an authorized committee, and can also raise and spend money separate from the committee, which they choose not to have disclosed by the authorized committee. In such a case, both the candidate and the authorized committee would register and file their own separate campaign financial disclosure reports.
Local candidates who raise or spend, or expect to raise or spend over $1,000 in a calendar year, including the candidate’s own money, must register with NYSBOE and with the appropriate local board of elections and file campaign financial disclosure reports electronically. Filing disclosure reports electronically with NYSBOE satisfies your filing requirement with the local board.
Candidates running for local public and party offices, and the committees supporting or opposing those candidates, including local party and constituted committees, must register and file with the appropriate county or city board of elections.
There are three election reports that need to be filed in connection with each primary, general, or special election. The due dates for the reports are, 32 day pre election, 11 day pre election, and 10 day post elections for primary elections, or 27 day post election for general and special elections.
For more information visit www.elections.ny.gov.