The state has stringent requirements for petitions. Three important points:
The state has official petition blanks that you must use. They are available at City Hall—you cannot print them at home. Circulators should not sign until after a sheet is filled. Signatures dated later than the circulators cannot be counted.
You can only sign petitions equal to the number of seats open. Where any name appears on more petitions than there are candidates to be elected to a specific office, that name cannot be counted for any petition for that office.
The state-mandated deadline to submit nominating petitions is 105 days before the election, by 4:00 p.m. at City Hall. No petitions will be accepted after this date and time.
What happens to the petitions once they’re submitted
The City Clerk has 5 days to determine the sufficiency of the signatures. Candidates will be notified in writing immediately if they do not have at least 100 valid signatures. As long as the 105-day at 4:00 p.m. filing deadline has not passed, candidates may submit more signatures to make up for the deficiency.
There are many statutory reasons a signature may not be valid. It is highly recommended to exceed the 100-signature minimum, keeping in mind no more than 150 can be accepted.