The Leader Staff

BATH - Petitions for anyone hoping to run in the Nov. 3 General Election are now being circulated by party members, according to the Steuben County Board of Elections.

Locally, seats up for election in November include the U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, and the state Judiciary, officials said. A number of town positions also are up for election in November.

Two new parties - Libertarian and SAM - have been recognized by the state Board of Elections for inclusion on the General Election ballot, according to Steuben County Election Commissioners.

“People need to be registered voters in the party of the candidate they are signing a petition for,” said Republic Commissioner Veronica Olin and Democratic Commissioner Kelly Penziul. “In other words, if you’re a registered Republican you can’t sign a petition for a Democrat.”

Officials said the petition drive kicks off a packed election year for voters and the Steuben Board of Election.

Candidates in the Presidential Primary will be announced March 5. The primary in New York is set for Apr. 28, with polls in Steuben open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., officials said. Early voting will be held from Apr. 18-26 in the county Annex, with polling hours to be determined at a later date.

For more information, call 664-2260 or go to