Volunteers with Obama for America delivered 56,586 petition signatures to the state Board of Elections earlier today to place President Obama on the New York ballot for the April 24 primary, according to the group, which worked with the state Democratic Party. The number of signatures handed in is more than 11 times what is legally required.
Obama for America also filed more than 1,000 signatures for each of New York’s 29 congressional districts to nominate district delegates. The delegates, who will be elected during the April primary, will represent the president at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
“The election in November represents a clear choice for the American people, between continuing the progress the Obama Administration has begun creating jobs and restoring economic security for hard working Americans or the Republican candidates who continue to fight to protect tax breaks for only the wealthiest corporations and individuals, and propose returning to the same failed policies that created the current economic recession in the first place,” Obama for America New York Director Robert Diamond said in a statement.
State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said Democrats in New York “were eager to roll up their sleeves and work closely with the Obama campaign to get the President on the ballot in New York.