Current through P.A. Acts 2023-7
Section 2872.2 - Nominations by minor political parties(a) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act to the contrary, minor political parties shall nominate all of their candidates for the offices to be filled at the ensuing November election pursuant to section 903 in accordance with the requirements of section 951, other than subsection (e)(6) and (7) thereof, and section 954, and shall obtain the required signatures during the same time frame available to political bodies. Minor political parties shall be subject to the provisions of this act applicable to political parties with respect to special elections, voter registration forms, substituted nominations and all other purposes except as otherwise expressly provided in this section. "Minor political party" shall mean a political party as defined insection 801(a) or (b) whose State-wide registration is less than fifteen per centum of the combined State-wide registration for all State-wide political parties as of the close of the registration period immediately preceding the most recent November election. The Secretary of the Commonwealth shall prescribe forms or, if there is insufficient time, make appropriate conforming changes in existing forms to carry out the purposes of this section.(b) All nomination papers circulated and filed pursuant to this section shall specify-- (1) the name or appellation of the minor political party which the candidates nominated thereby represent and, in the case of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, the names of the candidates for President and Vice President of such minor political party; (2)the name of each candidate nominated therein, his profession, business or occupation, if any, and his place of residence with street and number, if any; and (3)the office for which such candidate is nominated. No words shall be used in any nomination paper to designate the name or appellation of the minor political party represented by the candidate's name in such nomination paper which are identical with or deceptively similar to the words used for a like purpose by any minor political party which has already filed nomination papers for the same office. Any petition to set aside a nomination paper on account of the name or appellation used therein, or involving the right of the signers thereof to use such name or appellation, or on any other account, shall be decided as in the case of other petitions to set aside nomination papers, in the manner provided by this article. (c) Each person filing any nomination paper for public office shall be given a statement composed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth setting forth his duties under law to file pre-election and post-election campaign finance reports and the penalties for nonfiling. Each person filing any nomination paper for public office shall be given a form to file expenses if the amount received or expended or liabilities incurred shall exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250), and a form containing a sworn statement that the amount received or expended or liabilities incurred do not exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250), with written instructions prepared by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Within three weeks after such candidate has filed, the appropriate supervisor shall mail the same forms and instructions to such candidate by first class mail.1937, June 3, P.L. 1333, No. 320, § 912.2, added 1986, Feb. 19, P.L. 29, No. 11, § 8, imd. effective.