Notaries will be in demand this petition season as candidates seek to meet the requirement of getting 5% of the enrollment for minor party lines.
The petition process is the barrier to entry in elective politics. One must show enough support from party registrants to gain ballot access...
While the major parties have statutory set numbers for the number of signatures needed for Congress, State Senate and Assembly, the minor parties adhere to the 5% rule.
For parties like Independence with rapidly growing enrollment, this gets more difficult with at least 1000 signatures needed for Congress; nearly 500 for Senate and 200 for Assembly.
Since, for the most part there is no organization in these parties, candidates routinely deploy teams of lawyers (notaries) from friendly law firms to witness the signatures.
So if a suit from a pricey Syracuse firm shows up at your door next month, don't be alarmed.