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So you want to be a district delegate to a constitutional convention?

Here's what you'd have to do, under current law, to get on the ballot:

Get one of New York's seven political parties (Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Independence, Liberal, Right To Life or Freedom) to designate or endorse you at its county or state convention in late May or early June.

Once you have the endorsement, party members will begin collecting the 1,000 signatures you'd need from enrolled voters in your party who live in your State Senate district. (For minor parties, the threshold is 5 percent of the number of fellow party members in your district, likely less than 1,000.) Failing that, you're on your own in collecting the signatures necessary to run. You have from June 9 to July 16.

Make sure your signers haven't signed another candidate's petitions. To be safe, collect more than 1,000 signatures, because rivals are sure to question their validity.

If at least three party rivals are running, be prepared to challenge them in a September primary to get on the ballot for the general election.

If you want to run without a party label, collect 3,000 signatures from enrolled voters of any party in your State Senate district who haven't signed another candidate's petitions. You have from July 7 to Aug. 18.

To run for statewide delegate, get your party's state committee to designate you as part of a 15-person slate. If there's more than one slate receiving at least 25 percent of the state committee's vote, they face off in a primary.

If you can't get on a slate and want to run as an independent, get the signatures of at least 15,000 registered voters.

Many proponents of a constitutional convention say they're prepared to help ordinary New Yorkers become delegates. Taxpayer organizations would help the politically unconnected gather nominating signatures.

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