Anyone who is registered to vote in New York State can run for office, well sort of. Say you are registered to vote as a Democrat and you would like to run for a seat on the Town Board. If order to get on the ballot, you have to get petitions signed by Democrats in the Town. The number of signatures you need depends on how many voters are registered in the town. You need 5% of the voters registered in your party, and some extras in case someone signs who is not a Democrat (oops), or someone prints their name, or whatever else goes wrong.
So, in June, volunteers start knocking on doors to get these signatures. Some people don’t want to be bothered, don’t want to hear, don’t want to sign anything. And some people always want to be involved, and are always willing to sign.
In the future, I urge you to sign. It is the way candidates get on the ballot. It is the way we have someone to vote for.