Capitol Confidential » Dem election officials ask for fewer signatures.
Jimmy Vielkind reports that
True to form, the Republican and Democratic commissioners sent Sharpe separate versions of a political calendar.

The Republican version notes that many of the required dates are adjusted “automatically,” since in statute they are built back from the election date. The first day to circulate petitions for the elections is March 20.

Democrats agree with this start date, but suggest moving the filing period for petitions from April 23-26 to April 10-16. This would shorten the amount of time candidates can circulate nominating petitions by 10 days — from 38 to 28 — and the Democrats propose reducing the required number of signatures by 25 percent, as was done for the 1992 election.

The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated from April 6 – 14.

This means potential members of Congress would need the valid signatures of 938 enrolled voters to get on the ballot, as opposed to 1,250. Would-be U.S. Senate candidates would need 11,250 signatures instead of 15,000.