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Zone Leaders – Make sure that your candidates know about the requirements for notarizing their petitions.
Turning in Petitions
All petitions must be notarized at least once by the signature collector and, for some, by the candidate as well.
Deadline for filing all petitions is Tuesday, March 7 at 4:30 pm. We recommend that you turn them in by 1 pm Tuesday, better yet on Monday. Keep in mind that candidates are filing petitions for about 200 offices in Chester County.
Fully notarized petitions for local and county-wide candidates are to be turned in to Voter Services, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester, PA.
Petition signature collectors and candidates may get their petitions notarized at our March 5 event at West Chester Borough Hall, 1-5 p.m.
We will place the notarized petitions we receive in folders, one for each candidate. The candidates can then collect them.
If you have petitions which are already notarized, you may leave them with us during our Notary Party or you may leave them at the CCDC offices by Friday, March 3 at 3 pm.
State-wide judicial candidates are responsible for carrying their own petitions from Chester County to Harrisburg. They will pick them up from the CCDC offices.
Some candidates are required to notarize their petitions. These are the county row offices and the District Magistrate Judicial candidates. You can tell which ones have that requirement by looking at the back of the petition form.
This can be done by your favorite notary or at CCDC’s Notary Party listed above.
We recommend that each candidate do the following with their petitions:
Number each petition form and make a copy of it. Then you have a record of each petition in the event that they are challenged, a not uncommon occurrence.
Take them to Voter Services yourself. CCDC will not take them to Voter Services.
Letter from M. J. Tucker, The Times of Chester County, March 22, 2016
I am writing to express my sadness and disappointment in the behavior reported in a recent article regarding Mr. Rivera who withdrew from the ballot for State Representative because of problems with his petitions, including misrepresentation before a notary.
Mr. Rivera stated that he really did not understand the process and he made this misrepresentation unknowingly. From what I know of the process and the forms, the whole thing appears to me to be straightforward, but if you are not a person who pays attention to detail when filling out forms that have to be notarized, it might not be, and as a result, Mr. Rivera is paying the price by having to withdraw from the ballot.
What I find distasteful is that Mrs. Rzucidlo (who is on the Democratic ballot on the 158 District) was accused of “playing politics.” Mr. Rivera did the wrong thing. There is no need to disparage Mrs. Rzucidlo for standing up and doing the right thing when she found these issues…
keep reading at The Times of Chester County
Notarize your petitions for all Chesco candidates at CCDC’s Notary Party!
Sunday, February 14
2:00pm to 6:00pm
West Chester Borough Hall
401 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19382
This is your opportunity to get petitions notarized at no charge before they are due on Tuesday, February 16th.
Candidates, please send someone to pick up the notarized petitions at the end of the session.